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 increased cost of municipal water, Rain Barrels are being revived as a method of collecting and storing rainwater to be used to water plants and for other uses. Rain Barrels also prevent contaminants from being carried into our streams, rivers, and lakes which could lower the water quality.
2016 Rain Barrel Decorating Contest
The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership once again sponsored a Rain Barrel Decorating Contest for area high schools. Thirty-three Rain Barrels were entered in this year’s contest from the following schools:
- Arcadia – Art Department: 3 rain barrels
- Arlington – Science Department…2 rain barrels
- Columbus Grove – Science Department…2 rain barrels
- Continental – Art Department…1 rain barrel
- Findlay – Art Department…3 rain barrels
- Hardin Northern – Art Department…4 rain barrels
- Leipsic – Science Department…4 rain barrels
- Liberty-Benton – FFA…1 rain barrel; Art Department…1 rain barrel
- McComb – FFA…3 rain barrels, Art Department…2 rain barrels
- Riverdale – Art Department…1 rain barrel
- Van Buren – Art Department…3 rain barrels; Science Department…3 rain barrels
2015 Rain Barrel Decorating Contest
The 2015 entries for the Rain Barrel decorating contest were on display at the Findlay Village Mall from Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2015. Here are a few photos of the barrels. Thank you to our sponsors who allow this contest to happen every year. If would like to sponsor a barrel, or your school wants to participate in next year’s contest please contact us for details .
Here is some other literature to learn more about rain barrels:
Find information about sizing a rain barrel, how to build it, install it and maintain it. There’s even directions for painting the barrel and for connecting two or more barrels together.
These are the specifics for how we build the rain barrels used in the high school decorating contest
Rain Barrel Report:
Information prepared by the BRWP and published in 5 parts by the Lima News. Click on the image to bring up a downloadable PDF of the page.