BY BOB HOLT
Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from the roof of your home â€” and to basically recycle it.
These barrels can present a number of benefits to a community. And they are coming to Jersey City.
The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop are announcing the Jersey City Rain Barrel Initiative. NJ.com reports that Fulop wants to distribute 200 rain barrels to residents in the next two years. They are capable of collecting 55,000 gallons of rainwater during a season.
Harvesting rainwater comes with several benefits, according to the Water Resources Program at Rutgers.edu. Collecting rainwater can prevent basement flooding, and reduce pollution and flooding in local rivers and streams. It can also save on your water bill.
According to Epoch Rain Barrels, rainwater is better for your plants because it doesnâ€™t contain the fluoride compounds, inorganic ions, and salts found in tap water. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency says a rain barrel can save an average gardener 1,300 gallons of water during growing seasons.