Reduce Your Water Footprint

Do you know what your water footprint is? Have you ever considered how to reduce it?

The average American uses approximately 2,000 gallons of water a day through their home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices. The good news is there is plenty you can do to reduce your footprint and keep our rivers, lakes, wetlands and underground aquifers wet.

How about a rain barrel?

Installing a rain barrel at your home, school, church, or other community building is a great way to save water in your local community. At River Network, we have partnered with The Coca-Cola Company and our member organizations to get affordable, recycled rain barrels into more communities around the country.

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rain water from your roof that would otherwise go into storm drains and streams. Our rain barrels are 55-gallon recycled syrup drums donated from The Coca-Cola Company to organizations that are members of River Network. These watershed conservation groups then help the public convert them into rain barrels using off-the-shelf hardware items. The rain barrels are simple and inexpensive to make and can sit conveniently under any home gutter down spout.

Why use rain barrels?

Rainfall runs off our lawns, driveways, roads and parking lots into the nearest storm drain or stream. Runoff is the number one cause of pollution in our streams because it carries fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals into them. Rain barrels help reduce stormwater runoff and the resulting pollution.

A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most – like during periods of drought. It provides an ample supply of free water to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime, or calcium, which makes it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car washing. Using a rain barrel can save most homeowners 1,300 gallons of water each year!

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Local Rain Barrel Events

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