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Rain Barrels & Other Ways to Save Water

Barrrels Blk Blue w downspouts 257x165Have you ever thought about where the rainwater goes on your property? In days gone by, most rainwater soaked into the ground but today that option is frequently cut off by buildings, parking lots, streets and even heavily compacted lawns. So the water gets channeled – quickly – into streets, sewers and pipes where it’s whisked off to the nearest wetland, lake or stream. The streams can hold only so much before spilling their banks, which is part of why we see erosion and flooding.

By watching and learning where the water goes on your property, you can take steps to help keep the water where it belongs, in the ground or in your own beautiful rain garden. Here are some projects to consider.

Project 1 – Redirect your downspouts away from pavement where the water can soak into the ground

Project 2 – Install a rainbarrel (click here to order your rain barrel now)

Click here to watch a 4 minute video from The Conservation Foundation showing a simple rainbarrel installation

Project 3 – Install a raingarden

Project 4 – Plant native trees or other native plants 

Project 5 – Create a healthy lawn

Project 6 – Install a cistern or rain bladder

Project 7 – Install a permeable walkway or driveway

Project 8 – Install a green roof

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