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URBAN PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

EAST POTTAWATTAMIE

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Harvesting rainwater can help conserve precious water resources. The simple way to start harvesting rainwater is to install a rain barrel. There are many uses for the water that has been caught like watering lawns and gardens. 

Rain gardens are depressional areas landscaped with perennial flowers and native vegetation that soak up rainwater. They are strategically located to capture runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roofs and streets. Rain will collect in the garden and then will filter into the ground, rather than running off to a storm drain.

Pervious paving allows water to infiltrate into layers of limestone placed below the paving and then into the soil and groundwater below. By infiltrating storm water on-site, the amount of water and pollution flowing into storm sewers and river/streams is greatly reduced.