GOOD TO KNOW
- Rainwater hits the roof and collects pollutants and debris on its way to the gutter. After being channeled to the downspout, it often shoots out onto a hard surface which usually leads to a storm drain and results in polluted water.
- This can be prevented by installing a rain barrel on your downspout. The collected rainwater can then be used at your convenience to water plants, wash your car, and more.
- You’ll also save money by reusing rainwater instead of water from your tap.
GOOD TO DO
- Make your own DIY rain barrel with these simple instructions.
Use water captured in a rain barrel to:
- Fill a watering can and water your plants — or — connect a soaker hose to the barrel’s spigot.
- Rinse off gardening and yard tools
- Wash your car
- Keep your compost bin moist
- When temperatures reach freezing, winterize your rain barrel.
- Remove the plug, open the valve and drain as much water as possible.
- Dump any remaining water into a grassy area, then clean dirt and debris from the bottom of the barrel.
- Store the barrel indoors or flip it upside down to keep out water that could freeze and damage the barrel.