City of Chicago Rain Barrel Pilot, Chicago, IL
In 2004, the City of Chicago launched a pilot rain barrel program to help empower residents to conserve water and be part of the solution to the city’s stormwater runoff and flooding challenges. Today, the initiative has been incorporated into the City’s Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program, an educational and incentive program helping Chicagoans create more environmentally friendly yards.
- Design, build and train others to build rain barrels, and design a program for distributing them to Chicago residents
- Advance the Chicago Water Agenda, a strategy for keeping water safe, clean and plentiful, and for improving the water-delivery infrastructure
- Nearly 7,000 rain barrels issued throughout the City of Chicago
- Close to 400,000 gallons of rainwater captured for reuse collectively by homeowners per rain event
- Replication of the program by other municipalities
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