Rain barrels help you save on your water bill by storing rainwater for use on sunny days -- making for easier and cheaper landscaping. It also helps to improve the quality of your local rivers. Rain barrels also help prevent rainwater run-off from flowing over oily streets and fertilizer-fed yards and gardens to better protect rivers -- like the Anacostia.
If you live in the DC area, local programs may offer significant cost savings to help “green” your yard or garden. Join thousands of your neighbors in the Anacostia Watershed who’ve added water saving rain barrels to their yards and gardens.
Check the links below to see if there is an incentive program available in your community for discounts on rain barrels and their installation and to see pictures of the landscaping possibilities. Rain barrels may also be purchased from your local garden or hardware store.
- District Department of the Environment- RiverSmart Homes:
- DC Greenworks:
- Montgomery County Rainscapes:
- RainScapes Rewards:
- City of Rockville:
- City of Gaithersburg:
Want to learn more about advantages of using a rain barrel?
Click here: http://www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/rainbarrel.html