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Rain BarrelCity of Joliet Rain Barrel Program

Rain Barrels are making a comeback. Rain barrels have been used for centuries to collect and store rain water for survival purposes, where the only usable water available was rainwater. In today’s troubled economy, rain barrels are making a comeback for economical as well as ecological reasons.

Rain Barrels are designed to sit under your roof’s downspout and collect rainwater from your roof for use in watering your lawn, flowers, vegetable gardens, indoor and outdoor plants or washing your car. Rainwater can be used for a variety of purposes other than human consumption (filtration needed for drinking).

Rain Garden

Rain Gardens

Tapping into Nature's Rain Drains, one flower at a time.

Quite simply, rain gardens are gardens that soak up rain from your roof, driveway, sidewalk or yard. They are different from your typical flower garden.

Rain Gardens are planted with wild flowers and deep-rooted native vegetation, which helps the ground soak up more water. They are typically placed near downspouts on a home to capture water so that the runoff can gradually soak into the ground.

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