Rain Barrels can be a very easy and affordable way to make an environmental impact in your community. Large amounts of stormwater runoff come off of your roof every time it rains and travels and picks up pollutants on the way to the stormdrain. Installing a rain barrel at the end of your downspouts has gotten easier and can also help prevent standing water in your yard.
Just imagine catching 65 gallons of rain during a 1 inch storm event instead of allowing it to flow as stormwater to a combined sewer system and eventually to the White River. The average roof collects an estimated 22,500 gallons of rain a year. That's enough to fill over 345- 65 gallon rain barrels a year with free water! Capture all of this free rainwater to water house plants, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, mop your floor, wash your car, etc. Plants prefer rainwater instead of treated tap water.
Stormwater Management will be hosting Rain Barrel workshops throughout the community this spring and summer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
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The Rainstation, pictured below, is 65 gallons and comes with all parts needed for installation. It has a reversible planter top that can serve as a planter for flowers or just be sealed tight lid. It comes with a FlexFit diverter that installs into a standard sized downspout within minutes. The Rainstation is also made from 85% recycled materials making this a great all around way to go green at your home!
Picture of the Charcoal 65 gallon rainstation hooked up to downspout
Picture of the 45 gallon granite color rainstation with top sealed and hooked up
Picture of 45 gallon terra cotta rainstation with kit hooked up and top flipped over for planting