Responsible Water Management and Stewardship

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Rain Barrels

In an effort to best manage storm water and encourage sustainable actions, the Village offers a subsidized rain barrel program for its residents. Through this program, residents can purchase up to two 55-gallon barrels for $25 each. Rain barrels collect rain runoff from a roof and holds it to be used for watering plants or a lawn. This Eco-friendly solution helps conserve water, reduce your water bill, and reduces amount of excess storm water that contributes to localized flooding!

Purchasing a Barrel

Residents can purchase up to two 55-gallon barrels for $25 each (typical retail cost is $100) at the Village Hall front reception desk. Please be prepared to transport the barrel home, as the Village does not deliver. The high-density polyethylene rain barrels are 23 inches in diameter and 35-38 inches tall. 

Setting Up the BarrelRain Barrel

Once home, connect the rain barrel to a downspout. Be sure to have the water drain through the screen lid, as this helps keeps debris (like leaves) from entering the barrel and deters mosquitoes from breeding.

Because all barrels are equipped with a spigot at the bottom, you have several options on how to water your plants - a garden hose, landscape tubing or drip tubing can be attached to the barrel. To utilize a watering can, simply situate the barrel on a wooden pedestal to access the spigot. The barrels also have an overflow fitting to allow excess water to be diverted away from the barrel when full. The overflow fitting can be connected to a hose so that two or more barrels can be joined together and conserve even more water!

Tips & Tricks

Below are some tips and tricks for using a barrel:

  • To prevent potential odors and mosquito breeding, utilize rain water within a week or so of collection.
  • If you won’t be using the barrel for an extended period of time, drain it and place it indoors.
  • Be sure to drain and store the barrel over the winter. If any water is left in it and it freezes, the barrel could crack.

On the Village’s Coal Tar Ban

If you are looking to seal coat your driveway this year, there are two common types of seal coat: coal tar-based and asphalt-based. Both produce a deep black finish, but coal tar-based seal coat contains much higher levels of PAH’s (polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons) that harm fish and with prolonged exposure pose risk of cancer to humans. Because of the serious environmental implications associated with PAH’s, many local and state jurisdictions have banned use of coal tar-based seal coat. Asphalt-based seal coat may still be used.

Residents: Please read product labels carefully and make informed choices when choosing a seal coating material.

Contractors: Please find licensing information here.