A rain barrel is a great solution to keep polluted runoff from leaving a home. In the summer, residential irrigation can account for up to 40% of water consumption. By having a rain barrel and storing rainfall, you’ll have water for future use, whether it’s for watering plants or filling the bird bath (your garden and flowerbeds will be safe during any potential summertime water restrictions).
This really is an easy way to conserve water and save a little money. For more information view a video made by the Lions International with the Bowie Lions on their local rain barrel initiative. It earned international recognition for the Bowie Lions Club!
This brochure will give you a little more information on rain barrels and instructions on how to make your own. Finally, once you have installed your rain barrel, please contact Tiffany Wright, the City's Watershed Manager (by email or phone, 301-809-3043), to register it. The City tracks and maps rain barrel locations to calculate the amount and locations of stormwater captured by them.
Rain Barrels Across Bowie
In April 2018, 283 rain barrels have been registered in Bowie (see map below), and they can hold nearly 16,000 gallons of water from each storm. This water has a variety of pollutants from the atmosphere and rooftops, and the water flows across driveways and roads before entering our streams. Roads and driveways have many pollutants that are often simply washed directly into streams, including oil, dirt, heavy metals, cigarette butts, dog poop, and trash. Keeping water from rooftops on-site (in a rain barrel or by redirecting downspouts to grass away from the foundation) can prevent this.
Where Can I Get a Rain Barrel?
Awesome! We're glad you've made the decision to help protect Bowie's water (and get free water for your landscaping). Rain barrels are widely available both online and at local stores. They are also available from the Bowie Lions Club. In 2011, the City started working with the Lions to offer a lower cost option to residents. To get more information on their rain barrels, call the Lions Club at 301-262-2665. As of April 2018, they are $75 each and sold ready to install. The City does not sell rain barrels itself or have any at City Hall or other City buildings. The Lions Club makes them and stores them at their building in Old Town Bowie. The Lions may also be able deliver the rain barrel within the City limits but cannot help with installation, though they will provide instructions.