Waukesha County

Rain Barrels Reduce Runoff

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. 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.

Waukesha County now has rain barrels available at Retzer Nature Center located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha. These rain barrels use the Rain Reserve diverter kit developed by Sustain Dane. You can see the benefits of this systems at www.rainreserve.com. Prices at Retzer are:

  • $84 for a single barrel and diverter kit
  • $121 for two barrels and tandem diverter kit
  • $63 for single diverter kit with no barrel
  • $87 for a tandem diverter kit with no barrels