The town is encouraging residents to harvest and save rainwater with the use of rain barrels. A rain barrel collects water from the roof when it rains and stores it for use during dry weather to water house plants or outside plantings. Collecting water in a rain barrel is an excellent way to save some of the runoff and take the pressure off our water supply and stormwater management systems. By using the rainwater on your gardens you are helping to replenish your groundwater and benefit our water supply.
Why use a rain barrel?
Rainwater is better for your plants and soil. Rainwater is highly oxygenated, free of salts, inorganic ions, and fluoride compounds contained in tap water.
You'll have your own water source in times of drought or water restrictions.
You'll help to reduce runoff pollution. When it rains, runoff picks up soil, fertilizers, oil, pesticides and other contaminants. These pollutants can increase algae growth in lakes, alter the habitat for fish, and even make lakes and stream dangerous for recreational activities.
You'll contribute to erosion prevention efforts.
You'll control moisture levels around the foundation of your home.