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Purpose

There are many reasons to use a Rain Barrel!

S Many local governments call for voluntary and sometimes mandatory water use restrictions during dry years or when development surpasses the water supply. By saving rainwater you can help reduce the amount of water drawn from local reservoirs, streams, and wells.

S Saving rainwater helps control erosion and improve water quality. A one inch rain on an average sized roof produces 700 gallons of rainwater runoff. Lets imagine a town with 12,000 homes. From these residential rooftops alone, 8.4 million gallons of stormwater would rush over lawns, driveways, and streets to end up in a storm drain funneled to our streams and lakes. The excessive volume and force of this water if left uncontrolled causes extensive erosion.

S Water quality is impacted by stormwater runoff which carries sediment, fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste, oils, gas additives, and other pollutants which can significantly impact water quality.

S Saving rainwater and using it between rains or during dry spells, allows the water to soak into the ground. It also relieves some of the pressure on the public water systems during dry times.

 

S Your water bill and sewage bill may be packaged together. If so, you are paying more for the sewage portion of your bill during the summer when the average household uses 40% of their water bill for lawn and garden purposes. You can lower your monthly water and sewage bills by saving rain water!

Your house is an “impermeable surface”. Rain would normally hit the ground where your house is and soak into the underground water table or enter a natural stream. Instead rainfall from most urban home roofs empties into the sewer system. During heavy rain, your house runoff combines with water from other houses, parking lots, and streets and may max out the sewer system. You become part of the solution decreasing contaminants in our streams and rivers by reducing storm water discharge from your yard.

S Rainwater is free “soft water”! It contains no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for watering plants. They love the soft, chemical free water. The water in the barrels is at ambient temperature and will not shock the plants like cold well water or municipal water. It is excellent for washing the windows, car, and other household cleaning.

By 2007, over 55,000 homeowners in Portland Oregan have safely disconnected downspouts to help reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Columbia Slough and Willamette River. If all 55,000 (55 gallon) rain barrels filled one time it would keep 3,025,000 gallons of stormwater out of the River and Slough.

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