WOODSTOCK – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County offers practical, affordable rain barrels to help homeowners and businesses save rain water for use during dry periods.
Rain barrels intercept clean rainwater from downspouts and temporarily store water to be used later in the garden as an alternative to municipal or well water.
A quarter inch of rainfall will generate enough runoff from a typical roof to fill a 55-gallon rain barrel. By positioning one or more barrels under gutter downspouts, residents can ensure ample water for the garden during most dry periods.
Fifty-five-gallon rain barrels are available this year starting at $69 each. The barrels are recycled food-grade plastic shipping containers, which may have been used to ship olives from Greece to the U.S. They have a screw-on, perforated top with screen mesh to keep out debris, bugs, pets and children. Overflow fittings allow excess water to be diverted into a second barrel, or by attaching a hose, water can be diverted to any remote area such as a garden or flower bed.
Colors available are terra cotta, gray, blue and black.
TLC is taking orders for rain barrels through May 1 online at www.conservemc.org or by calling 815-337-9502. Pickup will be at TLC’s office at Hennen Conservation Area, 4622 Dean St., Woodstock, or Algonquin Village Hall on May 10 and 11.