Peoria Rain Barrel Program

By Ashley McNamee

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM CDT

The city of Peoria is launching a new program that could make you get some good out of all the rain we're seeing this year.

The city is offering residents the chance to buy rain barrels that would collect and conserve water from the downspout on a home.

The stored rain water can be used for any non–potable purpose like washing you car or watering your garden.

Peoria's Public Works Director David Barber says these rain barrels could also help us with our sewer outflow issues.

"It ties into our combined sewer program and the overflow issues with the sewage going into the river, not that this is going to solve the problem but the more water we capture and people can re–use, the less water going into the sewer pipes," said Barber.

The barrels hold about 55 gallons of water and will cost about $50.

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