Rain Gardens & Barrels

Updated: 7/10/2014 03:04:14 PM



Did you Know…..
Water running off of residential roofs, roads and driveways can increase water in streams and rivers by 500%, leading to increased flooding and erosion.  (Click here for video.) 

Rain gardens reduce runoff and increase the amount of water infiltrating into our soil. A 300-square-foot rain garden infiltrates 12,000 gallons of water every year, or enough to fill over 2 tanker trucks. 

Click here to learn more about rain gardens and how to order rain garden plants through the Graham Martin Foundation Rain Garden Grant Program!


Rain Garden w/water



Lawn and garden watering can make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer.  This means your water bill may almost double during summer months.  Rain barrels reduce runoff by storing water for future use such as watering the garden or washing windows. This can result in a savings on your water bill—especially in summer when outdoor water use greatly increases your bill.A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it to water plants, wash your car or add to a swimming pool.  The rain water stored in the barrel contains no chlorine, lime or calcium—it is naturally “soft" water.

A single rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1300 gallons of water during the peak summer months.  Saving water  not only saves you money and energy, but it helps our environment.  Diverting water from downspouts keeps that water from becoming runoff into our rivers and streams, and means less water needs to be pumped out of our shrinking aquifers.                                

 Waukesha County now has rain barrels available at Retzer Nature Center located at S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.  These rain barrels use the rain reserve diverter kit developed by Sustain Dane.  You can see the benefits of this system at www.rainreserve.com.   Prices are:

waterdrop  $84 for a single barrel and diverter kit
waterdrop  $121 for two barrels and tandem diverter kit
waterdrop  $63 for a single diverter kit with no barrel
waterdrop  $87 for a tandem diverter kit with no barrels (sales tax will be added to all sales) 

Find a local source for purchasing a rain barrel here.