The rainwater that falls from your roof after a storm could play an important role in protecting our country's rivers and streams, and
Water, Water Everywhere
The 55-gallon syrup drums will serve as rain barrels, which typically cost around $100 each. These large tubs will collect rainwater that can be used to water plants and lawns, wash cars and for other nondrinking uses around the home.
In addition to conserving water and saving homeowners money, rain barrels also reduce water pollution, since sediment that flows into rivers and streams as a result of stormwater runoff can impact water quality. Rain barrels eliminate some of that runoff.
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Every person who uses a water barrel makes a significant impact on the environment. In fact, according to American Rivers, a national organization that aims to protect and restore U.S. rivers and streams, 40 percent of water used by the average household is for outdoor use. What’s more, 1 inch of rainfall on a 1,200-square-foot roof yields more than 700 gallons of water.
Committed To Protecting Our Nation’s Water
In 2007, The
"Rain barrels are a tangible and effective way to inspire change to preserve our water resources," explains John Radtke, water resources director for
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