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EGLE grant helps to roll out rain barrels to Ferndale residents
May 18, 2023
The City of Ferndale is encouraging residents to invest in rain barrels for their homes to improve water infrastructure and climate resiliency. The city is making rain barrel kits available at a reduced price, thanks to a $40,000 Watershed Council Support grant last year from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Nonpoint Source Program.
Rain barrel demonstration in Ferndale. Photo courtesy of City of Ferndale.
Rain barrels are inexpensive, easy to use and take up very little space making them great additions to a Michigan home. They are especially beneficial because they collect water off roofs before it can come in contact with oils, grease, and fertilizers. This means that the water collected is safe for outside activates likes watering lawns and gardens, and cleaning.
“Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and help the environment,” notes Leah Clark, project administrator in the Nonpoint Source Program. “One of the benefits to implementing and maintaining a rain barrel on your property is keeping stormwater out of Combined Sewer Overflow systems (CSOs), and it is our hope that the City of Ferndale’s residential rain barrel program will serve as a model for other communities, especially in CSO areas.
“Capturing rainwater on your property for reuse is good for the environment by improving water quality, puts less strain on water infrastructure, and can save residents money by reducing their water bill. It definitely does empower people.”
EGLE communications intern Mia Sikkema assisted in the writing of this story.