Rain Barrels

Every time it rains, stormwater rushes to storm drains and into our local waterways. Often times this stormwater runoff carries with it pollutants such as pet waste, automotive fluids, sediment and fertilizer it has picked up why flowing down the street, depositing them along with the water into our local waterways.

What do Rain Barrels Look Like?

The basic design of a rain barrel consists of a container with an opening in the top of the barrel to collect the rain water from the downspout. The downspout is either connected directly to the top of the container or is placed over the opening. A spigot located near the bottom of the barrel is added to allow for the removal of the water in the barrel. There is also an overflow located near the top of the barrel. There is usually a screen or filter placed at the opening on the top of the barrel that keeps out mosquitoes, leaves, and other debris. Collected water is then used for other purposes.

What are the Benefits of Rain Barrels?

Rain barrels collect stormwater at the bottom of a downspout, to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff. Reducing stormwater runoff on your property reduces the amount of stormwater runoff that can that runs into our waterways and can pick up pollutants on its way. Rain barrels also reduce the amount of water around your property during a heavy rain that can cause flooding, erosion, and other harm. During the summer months, water collected can be used as a supplementary water source for indoor and outdoor plants, flower gardens, and landscaping care - reducing your waterbill.

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