- Editor’s Note: This article is written by Jessica Mino, resources manager for the Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources.
May is here and once again, spring rains are likely to be the topic of many conversations. To help you harness the benefits of these rain events, Kane County’s Rain Barrel Sale is now open!
Rain barrels capture water from your roof and hold it for later use, such as watering lawns, gardens, and indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It is a great way to conserve water and have free, beneficial rain water for your plants.
The rain barrels sold through Kane County’s Clean Water for Kane program are produced from barrels originally used to ship food from overseas to markets in the United States.
In most places, the barrels would be sent to a landfill after being emptied. However, Upcycle Products Inc. takes these food grade barrels and turns them into rain barrels for a responsibly-sourced stormwater practice! Upcycle’s rain barrel pedestals are also made from recycled wooden fencing.
Rain barrels are offered in a variety of colors, including the quick-selling avocado green!
Kane County Environmental and Water Resources will provide a no-contact, self-load Rain Barrel Pick-up in the Creek Bend Nature Center parking lot at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve (37W700 Dean St., St. Charles) in partnership with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and The Conservation Foundation.
The pick up will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27.
You have the option to conveniently pick up your barrel at this location or have it delivered to your home for an extra charge.
The sale runs through May 21 for online orders. Buy your rain barrel here!
For more information, visit Kane County’s Clean Water for Kane webpage or contact Resource Management Coordinator, Jessica Mino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Does a Rain Barrel Benefit My Back Yard?
Find out more with the Conservation@Home webinar presented by The Conservation Foundation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 11.
This webinar will explain the Conservation@Home program, and how you can use native plants to make your yard a better habitat. Also covered will be rain gardens, rain barrels, and more!
REGISTER HERE to receive the webinar link.