Consider buying a rain barrel from a local rain barrel fundraiser! You can support local groups in raising money for a good cause while at the same time improving how stormwater is managed around your home.

By installing a rain barrel, you help prevent harmful runoff from entering Ottawa’s local creeks and streams, while also storing rainwater for use on your lawn and garden. To maximize the benefits of your new rain barrel, install it with a downspout diverter which helps prevent your rain barrel from overflowing by redirecting any excess rainwater to your downspout once your rain barrel is full.

And as always, remember to always drain your rain barrel before a rain event to ensure there is space for the new rainwater.

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