Prevent Stormwater Pollution
Since 2007, the City and James
River Basin Partnership have been working together to offer
and promote rain barrels to the community through education efforts, rain barrel sales and rebates. Greene County residents are eligible for a $25 instant rebate on rain barrels purchased through this program. This rebate is funded by City of Springfield Departments of Public Works and Evironmental Services, City Utilities, and Greene County Resource Management. See below for the current rebate offer.
Number of Rain Barrel Rebates Provided Since 2007: 1567
Current Rebate Offer
Greene County residents are eligible for a $50 rebate on a Rain Reserve double capacity diverter kit (no barrels included). The kit is designed to connect two rain barrels of your choice to one downspout. Kits are $100 minus the $50 instant rebate for a rebated price of $50. They can be purchased by calling James River Basin Partnership at 836-6183.
What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a water tank used to collect and store rain water runoff, typically from rooftops via rain gutters. Rain barrels are installed to make use of rain water for later use. Stored water may be used to water indoor and outdoor potted plants and landscaped areas, clean off gardening tools, wash your car, and for other non-potable uses.
Why use a rain barrel?
An average home with a roof size of 1,000 square feet will generate approximately 600 gallons of water from a 1-inch rainfall. Collecting and using this water with rain barrels helps reduce the demand on public and private water supplies, and reduces pollution, flooding, and erosion in local waterways by reducing stormwater runoff.
Will the barrel be a source of mosquitoes?
Place a mosquito "dunk" or "donut" in the barrel to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. These products are non-toxic, inexpensive, and widely-available. Mosquitoes should not be an issue in the 2 barrel kit which is a closed system.