A growth in urbanization has caused an increase in impervious surfaces. The result is an increase in stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is defined as rain, melted snow and ice that does not soak into the ground.
Stormwater collects in a storm sewer system and empties into our local waterways. Along the way, stormwater collects many pollutants such as lawn chemicals, bacteria from pet waste, and automotive fluids - all which can harm water quality and aquatic life.
One way to decrease stormwater pollution is to recycle the rain with a rain barrel!
Rain barrels are available in most home stores and online. Styles vary from basic barrels to decorative styles. You can make your own barrel as well. The illustration above depicts the basics: barrel, spigot, overflow tube, and inflow device. There are Do-It-Yourself kits containing these basic supplies or they can be purchased separately.