Stormwater is usually viewed as a burden to be managed but it also can be a great resource. The pollutants found in stormwater --phosphorus and nitrogen -- are the same chemicals that grass, plants and trees need to thrive.
By using stormwater from a rain barrel for watering lawns and gardens, we can conserve resources and reduce the amount of polluted stormwater that enters our lakes, rivers and streams. Rain barrels range in size from 50 gallons to 130 gallons. In addition, a rain barrel can be paired with a rain garden for overflow.
There are resources to build your own rain barrel, or you can buy a pre-made one. An easy pour spout allows you to connect a hose or fill a watering can. It is important to ensure that the water is closed off to bugs and debris.
Every spring, Carver County Environmental Center offers rain barrels to residents at a reduced rate. Residents must pre-order a rain barrel to guarantee availability. Pre-order information will be updated each spring. Please note – Remaining barrels are sold throughout the year on a first come first served basis. Quantities are limited.
Learn more about rain barrels and how you might qualify for cost-sharing by clicking on the links below: