Rain Barrels

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  Q&As What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a system that collects and retains rainwater from your roof, instead of letting it go to waste. What are the benefits of a rain barrel? A rain barrel can save a homeowner around 1,300 gallons of water during the summer. Can I make my own rain barrel? Yes, you can purchase supplies to create a rain barrel. You can also buy a ready-made rain barrel. Are there any risks of having rain barrel? The water from your roof may be contaminated from various sources, such as feces, which can lead to the growth of parasites in the water. Links 1) The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has put together an outline for cisterns and rain barrels. It also outlines the cost and the efficiency. http://www.mapc.org/resources/low-impact-dev-toolkit/cisterns-rain-barrels 2) The NEORSD created a PDF that explains the different types of storm water protection products and where they can be placed in a home. http://www.neorsd.org/I_Library.php?a=download_file&LIBRARY_RECORD_ID=4524 3) The link below is a fact sheet on rain barrels that outlines the purpose and advantages of rain barrels. It also demonstrates how to create a rain barrel of your own and explains the materials needed and the steps to create the barrel. http://www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/rainbarrel.html

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