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Rain barrel proposal goes before Kalamazoo City Commission


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The City of Kalamazoo is being asked to get into the rain barrel business.

It’s an old idea that has a new environmental justification.  Rain barrels were originally used to catch rainwater, at a time when most water had to be pulled out of a well by hand.

    The 2014 version proposed by the City’s Environmental Concerns Committee uses a large polypropylene container made from recycled materials, that attaches to the storm drain on your home and preserves water for use on the lawn or garden. 

Its soft water and mineral free which makes it better for gardens and grass. 

It would generate about 13-hundred gallons a year that wouldn’t be added to water bills.

The program would be partially subsidized by a grant and by rain barrel purchasers.

Commissioners will consider the idea at their Monday evening meeting.