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Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels

What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop which you later can use to water your lawn or garden, or to wash your car.

Rain barrels should be used in conjunction with other water management practices, such as rain gardens, green roofs, stormwater trees and porous pavement. But using a rain barrel is a great first step to better water quality.

Why should I use rain barrels?

  • Rain barrels help slow down rain runoff so it can drain naturally into the ground. This helps us keep excess water out of sewer systems and keeps rain runoff from collecting pollutants on its trip to nearby waterways.
  • Collected rainwater is better for plants because it's not chlorinated although it is mildly acidic, which helps plants take up important minerals from the soil.
  • They can provide water during dry weather, or you can set them to slowly release the water over a 1- 2 day period when the rains have subsided. The slower release of rain will allow the water to seep into the soil and be used by plants

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Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Inc.
1313 W. Mount Vernon Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233-2620
Phone: (414)272-5462 Fax: (414)272-5060