Benefits of a rain barrel

Adding a rain barrel to your yard has many benefits. Two local residents share their story on the use of their rain barrel.

Loren Lown is a Pleasant Hill resident and a proud owner of a rain barrel. Loren purchased his rain barrel nearly two years ago through the City’s reimbursement program. This program provides residents reimbursement for the installation of a rain barrel up to 50 percent or $75, whichever is the lesser value.

“Having the rain barrel allows the rain to be stored until we are ready to use it,” said Loren. “Rain water does not have any minerals or calcium, which is much better for our house plants because it limits the calcium and salt buildup in the soil. There is ample supply of water in our rain barrel with the recent rains we have had. It makes our plants happy and I certainly hope this continues into summer.”

Loren enjoys his rain barrel so much that he is thinking about installing another one.

Loren Lown_Rain Barrel

Mark Ackelson was the first resident of Pleasant Hill to take advantage of the rain barrel reimbursement program in July 2015. Mark is glad he installed a rain barrel because it helps with drainage issues and run off on his property.

“Using the rain water to water our indoor plants and garden provides better nutrients,” said Ackelson. “The rain barrel has a screen so leaves and granules from the singles do not get into the water. The water is clean and doesn’t have the chlorine it in like our tap water so plants are much happier.”

Residents installing a rain barrel need to ensure they drain it properly just like they do their garden hoses before winter sets in. This will ensure the longevity of their rain barrel.

The rain barrel reimbursement program is limited to one per address. Visit pleasanthilliowa.org/rainbarrel for more information. 

Mark Ackelson_Rain Barrel