Rain Barrels: A Great Addition to Your Home

Rain barrels are a popular item in Ohio. Photo submitted.

In Ohio, rain barrels are gaining popularity and rightly so. Rain barrels are extremely beneficial to those who own them. They reduce water bills for lawn and gardening irrigation which surprising accounts for 40% of residential water use according to the EPA. Also, owners will have healthier soil and plants.

Rainwater is highly oxygenated and free of the salts, inorganic ions, and fluoride compounds commonly associated with tap- water. These tap- water components can accumulate in the soil over time and have the potential of harming plant roots. Rain barrels also help to decrease the amount of water runoff from your downspouts during large rain events by collecting the rainwater, which can help to decrease the
chance of erosion in your yard.
Rain barrels can come in all shapes and sizes and can be bought pre-made, or constructed out of barrels, garbage cans, or other items that can hold water. If constructing rain barrel makes sure to use a closed system. By allowing your collected water to sit in the open, you increase the chance of breeding mosquitoes. Keeping a lid on your barrel will decrease this risk. Also, make sure your barrel is a dark color to decrease the chance of algae growth.

Please note: Water collected does come in contact with your roof and travel through your gutters, and is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
If you are thinking about purchasing a rain barrel than consider contacting Butler Soil & Water Conservation District (Butler SWCD). Butler SWCD has 50-gallon EarthMinded rain barrels back in stock for sale. Butler SWCD offers the rain barrels in two colors, granite (grey) and terracotta and they are priced at $75 each if paying with cash or check. Rain barrels can also be purchased online on our website using a credit card, but an additional credit card use fee is charged. Butler SWCD also sells the DIY kits if you want to make your own rain barrel. Barrels and kits can be picked up at the Butler Soil and Water

Conservation District office, located at 1802 Princeton Rd. Hamilton, Ohio. All rain barrel proceeds go towards Butler SWCD’s educational programs and workshops.

Butler SWCD Summer Events Reminder:

Butler SWCD has free summer programs for kids of all ages throughout July. Creeking in the Parks is held every Thursday in July from 10 am – 12 am. Family Fun Fridays is another free summer program held at Rentschler Forest Metropark every Friday from 10 am – 11:30 am. For more information and to RSVP
visit www.yourmetroparks.net.