Did you know that 1" of rain falling on a 1000 ft2 roof will generate over 600 gallons of water runoff? If every home in Rochester had a home with a 1940's era roof (about 700 ft2) there would be over 18,800,000 gallons of roof runoff generated in a 1" storm event. Consider now that Rochester has, on average, 19.59 inches of rain between May and September...that is a lot of rain barrels that could be filled!
Benefits of rain barrels include:
- Conserving water in summer months
- Lowering water bills
- Keeping excess water out of the storm sewer system
- Reducing water pollution by minimizing runoff from the landscape
- Healthier, happier plants and soil
- $10 rebate for RPU customers (RPU's Rain Barrel Rebate Form)
Some secrets to rain barrel success:
- Place the rain barrel as close to where you will use the water as possible. Lugging buckets of water across the yard gets old quickly and will result in the water not being used.
- Keep the rain barrel covered so debris, critters, kids, and mosquitos stay out.
- Attach an overflow hose and point it away from the building
- Use rain water to do more than just water the plants - wash windows and lawn equipment
Click on the links below to learn even more about retaining the rain!