Install A Rain Barrel.


By connecting one or more rain barrels to a downspout on your house, you can tap into lower water costs and help your local streams and the Chesapeake Bay at the same time.

A rain barrel collects water from your roof and stores it until you need it.  Naturally soft water is great for watering that tree you planted earlier this spring, your other garden plants, washing your car, or topping off the swimming pool.  It provides a supply of soft water containing no chlorine, lime, calcium or other dissolved salts, making it ideal for washing cars or windows as well as watering trees, gardens and flower pots. Using a rain barrel diverts water from storm drains, decreasing the impact of flooding and erosion.

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly forty percent of a typical household's water use during the summer.  A rain barrel can save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.  Saving water not only helps protect our environment; it saves you money and energy by reducing the demand for treated tap water.

In short rain barrels are a low cost way to reduce run-off, reduce household water usage, and save you money while improving the quality of streams and neighborhoods.

For more information on rain barrels, see:

Rain Barrel Kits

Chesapeake Bay Trust: Rain barrels

See also:  Rain Gardens

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