RAIN BARRELS Join your community’s efforts to save and protect Florida’s waterbodies by harvesting stormwater runoff from your roof with a rain barrel or cistern.
Reduce use of drinkable water - Harvesting stormwater for landscape irrigation can reduce the use of Florida’s drinkable water up to 50%.
Reduce water pollution - Stormwater runoff contains nitrogen – a pollutant of concern in the Tampa Bay Estuary and local springs. Rainwater harvesting will reduce the amount of runoff from your property and help protect these waterbodies.
Tanks should be placed next to the downspout.
One inch of rain will yield approximately 600 gallons for every 1,000 square foot of roof.
RAIN GARDENS Beautify your home, help the environment, and conserve water by incorporating a rain garden into your home’s landscape. These type of gardens are shallow, planted depressions, which contain filter and treat stormwater runoff from roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and other impervious areas.
Provide an attractive source of food and habitat for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.
Contain suspended solids and reduce nutrient export through infiltration and uptake by plants.
Established vegetation requires minimal supplemental irrigation as these gardens capture and retain stormwater.
Select a variety of plants to improve biodiversity.
Place in a well-drained area near the runoff source; at least 10 feet from buildings.