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There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce storm water runoff - this is water that does not soak in to the ground and can transport many pollutants directly to our local waterways untreated. By using harvested rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools,rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rainwater make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.
“The Western NY Storm water Coalition has co-sponsored this event for the past 5 years and we are excited to do so once again. Rain barrels are an excellent strategy for homeowners to conserve water and control runoff.”
Composting yard trimmings and food waste is a simple way to recycle nutrients and return them to the soil. The addition of compost enriches soil and will stimulate plant growth, thereby reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Composting has the added benefit of reducing the amount of solid waste that would otherwise go to a landfill.