Rain barrels are a type of green infrastructure, a new approach to managing stormwater by keeping rain on the property and out of the sewer system. As part of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's stormwater management program, the MWRD of Greater Chicago is offering rain barrels at cost, $58.00 each, to all municipalities within Cook County. In keeping with their mission to protect the water environment, the MWRD initiated this program to encourage residents to capture and reuse stormwater. The rain barrel includes includes a flexible connecting elbow to attach your barrel to your downspout, a linking hose to connect it to a second barrel, detailed instructions, and free delivery to your home.
Rain barrels are an inexpensive way to promote the use of green technology. An added benefit is providing relief to sewer systems during rain storms. Barrel specifications are as follows:
- 55 gallon capacity
- 21 inch diameter
- 34 inch height
- Available in black, blue, terra cotta or grey
You can learn more or order your rain barrel online at the MWRD website.