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Rain Barrel Information

Employ the Rain...  Install a Rain Barrel

The City of Pickerington has set up two rain barrel displays. One is at the northeast corner of the Development Services Building at 51 E. Columbus Street. The other is at the southwest corner of City hall at 100 Lockville Road. For additional information, you can call the Engineering Department at 614-833-2221.

 

What is a Rain Barrel?

Rain barrels are containers that are connected to your downspout drains to capture rain water from your roof. Rain barrels come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, but all do the same thing: they save water, decrease storm water runoff and reduce soil and sediment erosion. Sizes range from 30 gallons to over 100 gallons.

Rain Barrel Benefits

  • Reduce flooding in your yard by collecting the water and using it for watering plants or slowly releasing it and allowing it to sink into the ground.
  • Provide your plants with water they will love! Unlike treated water, which has chlorine and fluoride, rain water is better than municipal water for washing your car and watering indoor and outdoor plants.
  • Save money and water! Instead of water from the tap or faucet, you can use the water you've saved to keep your landscape happy and growing. You may also reduce your monthly water bill!
  • Protect our water resources! Water stored in your rain barrel is water that won't rush off into our streams via the City's storm sewer system. Instead, as you use the stored water around the home and garden, it will absorb slowly into the ground. By decreasing the volume of storm water runoff, rain barrels also help moderate stream erosion and the resulting pollution that is impairing our lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Tips for using a Rain Barrel:

  • Do not use collected water for drinking, cooking, or baking.
  • Keep the lid secure so children or animals cannot fall into the barrel.
  • If a moss killer has been used on the roof, let a few rainfalls occur before collecting roof runoff.
  • Mosquito-proof screening should be used under the lid and inside the overflow hole to keep mosquitoes and other insects out.
  • Disconnect the barrel during the winter to avoid freezing and breaking of the barrel and its valves. Drain the system and connecting hoses by leaving the drain of the barrel open or turn the barrel over to a drain and store the barrel with hoses in a protected area.
  • A full rain barrel can weigh around 400 lbs. and is a tipping risk. Make sure to install the barrel on a firm, level surface.

Other Water Conservation tips for outside the home:

  • Install efficient irrigation systems such as drip irrigation, soil soakers, and sprinkler systems.
  • Water the lawn only when the ground is dry and preferably no more than once a week. The amount of water used by a sprinkler in one hour is equal to the daily water needs of a family of four.
  • Set sprinklers for lawn and garden only, don't water the street, sidewalks, or driveway.
  • Water during the coolest part of the day (preferably morning) and never water on windy days. As much as 30% of water used can be lost to evaporation.
  • Pull weeds to decrease competition for water.
  • Limit grass areas and use trees, shrubs, and other plants to landscape your yard. Grass turf requires 30-50% more water.
  • Repair or replace leaking hoses or sprinklers.
  • Always use an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Use a broom rather than a hose to clean decks, sidewalks, and other paved areas. 5 minutes of running the hose uses 25 gallons of water.