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 2015 Rain Barrel Decorating Contest

This year’s entries for the Rain Barrel decorating contest are on display at the Findlay Village Mall from Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2015. Come check them out and vote for your favorite. We’re at the end of the mall near Elder Beerman. Here are a few photos of the barrels.


Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are not new, but are making a come back. Up until the 60’s many homes used methods of collecting rainwater, such as open barrels and cisterns. Many rural homes may still use some method of collecting rainwater today. However, in the urban areas, the development of municipal water systems and health concerns caused the collection of rain water a thing of the past. But, with many municipal water systems reaching or nearing their capacity and the increase cost of municipal water, Rain Barrels are becoming a method of collecting and storing rainwater to be used to water plants and for other uses. Rain Barrels also prevent contaminants from being carrying into our streams, rivers, and lakes which could lower the Water Quality.

Here is some other literature to learn more about rain barrels:

Rain Barrel Fact Sheet

Building a Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel Report:

Rain Barrel Report Part 1
Rain Barrel Report Part 2
Rain Barrel Report Part 3
Rain Barrel Report Part 4
Rain Barrel Report Part 5