Recycle the Raindrops

Rain barrels collect and store rainwater from rooftops — water which would normally pour off roofs and downspouts into the sewer, which would have to be unnecessarily treated.


  • Lower your water bill! After just 1/4 inch of rain, you'll collect 52 gallons of water.
  • Store water for gardening and watering potted plants.
  • Use rainwater to wash your car or bicycle.
  • Wash your dog.
  • Be creative – find many uses for rainwater!



It takes about 6,800 gallons of water to grow one day's food for a family of four. Over 400 million people live in areas with severe water shortages. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. The overall amount of water on our planet has remained the same for 2 billion years.

SOURCE: Chicago's 2008 Water Quality Report


Interested in rain barrel community outreach?
(parks, libraries, schools, families....)



Cook County, IL Residents

To order a rain barrel, visit the
Rain Barrel FACTS! page on the MWRD website.