Rain barrels capture water from roof tops and hold it for later use in watering lawns, gardens or indoor plants. Capturing this water prevents it from flowing off your property.
Storm water run-off is the #1 cause of pollution in urban lakes and rivers. By keeping the water on our property we prevent it from collecting pollution and flowing into our bay.
The point of having a rain barrel is to capture the water during a rain event for later use. Rain barrels are installed underneath a downspout for your gutters where it will collect the rain. This water can be used for irrigating your flowers, trees, shrubs and lawn. Avoid using it on parts of plants you plan to eat (fruits, vegetables, leafy greens) as water from roofs and gutters can sometimes contain bacteria or fungi that shouldn't be consumed.
Here are some other benefits:
Plants help improve water quality. They slow down the flow of storm water and their extensive roots soak up any pollutants before they make their way into our bay.
Lawns are ecosystems that affect surface and groundwater systems. Lawn grasses clean the environment by absorbing gaseous pollutants and intercepting pesticides, fertilizers, dust, and sediment.
Learn about ways to use stormwater and keep it from picking up pollutants that harm our bay
Plant buffers near the lake can provide valuable filtration of pollutants as rain water flows to the lake
Rain gardens filter pollutants from storm water run-off, provide habitat for pollinators & beautify your yard
Rain barrels are a great way to capture water for watering your plants, reducing run-off and conserving water