Rain Barrels

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:
    • Easy to obtain
    • Easy to install
    • Reduce water usage
    • Can have one or more barrels linked in a chain
  • Cons:
    • Some local ordinances restrict use
    • Gutters required for use
    • Water needs to be elevated to create pressure
Quick Facts/Suggestions
  • Basic systems are easy to install, but you are responsible for actually using them
  • Different types of systems can be used to meet different levels of need
  • Lawn and garden watering make up 40% of summer water use, can be met with rain
Rain Barrels Infographic

Contact Us

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy
325 Montgomery Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-6563
Fax: 815-753-2902
Email: envs@niu.edu
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