Rain Barrels are a great way to capture and reuse the water that falls on roofs. Water that runs through gutters is directed into a large barrel that has a spigot. This water can then be used to water plants, flowers and trees, wash cars, etc. Using Rain Barrels helps decrease flooding, which helps keep our rivers, lakes and streams healthy, and also decrease your water bill.
Rain Barrels come in various sizes, and can cost $40 to $350 or more, depending on the material used and whether they are decorated as shown in the photos below. Many hardware and home stores now carry them, and many internet sites sell them.
Rain Barrels can be painted or decorated and can be a beautiful and fun accent to a garden. Pictured below are several examples of decorated Rain Barrels which were created by local artists for the Lisle Chamber of Commerce's Scholarship Program. As you can see, Rain Barrels are a fun way to make a statement, promote a hobby or just be a beautiful addition to a yard!
For more detailed rain barrel instructions, as well as information about storing rain barrels during winter, click here.
Rain Barrel Sale
The Village of Lisle, in partnership with The Conservation Foundation, is making Rain Barrels and related items available for sale. The vendor is UpCycle Products. A portion of all proceeds goes to The Conservation Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment. The Village of Lisle is a member of The Conservation Foundation.
To purchase a Rain Barrel, use the DuPage County order form on the UpCycle Products website. Prices include delivery of the products to your home. Installation of the rain barrel on your downspout is also available for an additional fee, on the order form.
For more information about The Conservation Foundation and their Conservation@Home program, visit the Conservation Foundation website.