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Stormwater and rain barrels

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Vicky Hageman (College Park Resident/Local Business Owner) is a member and Chair of Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC) and works with neighborhoods to save and restore Indian Creek; a beautiful sub-watershed of the Anacostia River. Vicky will talk about the many uses and ways of installing rain barrels at your house and how to control stormwater by Soaking it Up, Slowing it Down and Spreading it Out!

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Stormwater and rain barrels

  1. 1. The amount of stormwater entering our stormdrains increases with every non-pervious surface (roads, roofs, parking lots) we build. STORMWATER Rain or Snow Melt that enters the stormdrains or flows directly into our waterways
  2. 2. What Can We Do To Help? Soak It Up Slow It Down Spread It Out
  3. 3. A Rain Barrel is a great way to: • Conserve Water – During Summer; outdoor chores such as watering lawns and gardens amount to 40% of household water used. Conserving water is important to help preserve our fresh water supply. • Save Energy – Water Supply and Treatment account for 4% of the power generated. • Save Money – by lowering your water bill • Reduce Pollution – Less water traveling to the stormdrains, less contamination, less water volume, less bank erosion, less sediment. • Re-charge Our Ground Water – By redirecting to another location in your yard for slow release.
  4. 4. USES FOR THE HARVESTED WATER Watering Flowers Washing your car or windows Water for the Birds or other animals Water supply for large gardens, irrigation systems or ponds. Water supply on days when water restrictions are in place.
  5. 5. Installing a Rain Barrel LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
  6. 6. Main Components of the Rain Barrel The Barrel Hole on Top – for water intake Mesh – to catch debris and stop mosquitos from entering to lay eggs Spigot – water outflow Hole on side – water overflow

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