Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rainwater from rooftops via downspout that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, creeks and rivers. Because it does not contain minerals, chlorine, fluoride or other chemicals, the stored rainwater in barrels provides a supply of water that is ideal for gardens, potted plants/flowers, lawns, and even bicycle and car washing. Rain barrels reduce storm water pollution and conserve water.
Please visit the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) at http://www.mwrd.org
for available rain barrels.
Please note that rain barrels shall only be placed in the rear yard of your residence.