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Rain Barrel Program

A rain barrel collects and stores rain water from your roof that would otherwise be lost to the stormwater system. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Collecting and using rain water helps protect the environment and save money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting stormwater from drains also reduces the impact of runoff on streams and Lake Ontario.

You can reduce stormwater runoff to storm drains by collecting rain water from your home’s rooftop in mosquito-proof containers, and then use it during dry weather conditions. This collected water can be used later to water lawns or gardens, which can cut costs on your water bill! Using a rain barrel keeps sediments and other pollutants out of the storm drain system and allows these pollutants to be treated naturally by vegetation and microbes in the soil.

Make a Rain Barrel For Your Home
Rain barrels are connected directly to a downspout on your house and collect the rain water flowing off your roof. A spigot near the bottom allows for connection to a garden hose, or the water can be accessed by removing the top and using a container.

PURCHASE a Rain Barrel Kit from the District for only $45.00!
(Assembly Required)

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Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District
145 Paul Road, Building 5
Rochester, New York 14624
Phone: 585-753-7380
Fax: 585-753-7374
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