Prevent Runoff With a Rain Barrel!

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on January 24, 2017

Prepare your home for spring’s rain showers with a rain barrel!

Depending on the size of your home, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater with a simple rain barrel system. In fact, 10 inches of rain on an average 1,360 square foot roof can yield 8,160 gallons of rainwater over the spring and summer! By installing a rain barrel you can collect this water to maintain your landscape and gardens during the hot summer months, saving you money on your water bill and benefitting your garden. The chemicals and hard water from many of our municipal water systems can produce an imbalance in the soil of your garden. Using the collected water can be a big help financially and environmentally.

Rain barrels are also a great way to reduce stormwater runoff, which protects drinking water* and our waterways. As stormwater runoff overflows it picks up what it passes over (ie road salt, litter, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, automotive fluids, pet waste, etc.) accumulating concentrated amounts of pollutants as it journeys to our water treatment plants, streams, lakes, and eventually, the sea.

PRC offers Watershed Awareness & Rain Barrel Workshops across the State. Join us to learn about the issues associated with stormwater runoff, ways to conservate water in your homes, and watershed friendly landscaping techniques. Participants will also receive a 55 gallon rain barrel (which can be decorated in any style)! Click here to learn more about these workshops today.

*An Associated Press investigation found pharmaceutical drugs in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas from Southern California to New York City, which provide water to 41 million Americans. In Philadelphia, 56 drugs were found in the drinking water. In addition, the Allegheny County Health Department reported that in the 2004 river recreation season (May 15-September 30), a CSO river advisory was in effect 90% of the time, limiting the use of county waterways for recreation and exposing those who did recreate to possible health risks.