Rain barrels store rainwater where it falls and hold it so that it can be released in drier weather. This helps prevent sewer systems from overflowing and polluting our waterways. The stored water can then be used to water gardens and lawns or to wash patio furniture and cars.
For Philadelphia Residents:
The Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are providing rain barrels to residents of Philadelphia’s watersheds free of charge, in order to reduce stormwater flows to our sewer system and creeks.
For Montgomery County Residents:
You can also buy a rain barrel from the Abington Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC).
Trees bring benefits to the community including shade, increased property values and peace of mind. The area covered by their long leafy branches can protect our watershed and its inhabitants by cleaning the air and water, reducing flooding and energy usage, and moderating temperatures.
If you live by a creek, plant a buffer of native plants that clean and slow rainwater before it reaches the creek! Read about our Backyards with Benefits program.