Take full advantage of the rain showers this spring by redirecting your downspouts onto your yards. Make sure your downspouts deposit rainwater where it can be put to good use. The amount of rainwater that gets into the street will be greatly reduced and your gardens and yards will benefit greatly from it. Remember to try to direct rainwater at least 5 feet from house foundations to prevent potential leakage! For more information visit the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation.
“Rain Barrels” are simple techniques to store rooftop runoff and reuse it for landscaping and other non-potable uses. They are based on the idea that rooftop runoff should be treated as a resource that can be reused or infiltrated. In contrast, conventional stormwater management strategies take rooftop runoff, which is often relatively free of pollutants, and send it into the storm sewer system along with runoff from paved areas.
The most common approach to roof runoff storage involves directing each downspout to a 55 gallon rain barrel. A hose is attached to a faucet at the bottom of the barrel and water is distributed by gravity pressure. For more information on rain barrels please visit: