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PDX Permaculture Message Board › Rain Barrels for Us :)

Rain Barrels for Us :)

A former member
Post #: 24
Hi all, I have been getting a variety of reclaimed 55 gallons PE barrels, modified to harvest rain.

If I never told you, I'm an Environmental Engineer who worked in Watershed Management for years (I worked in Chesapeake Bay and Lake Tahoe), and support rain harvesting for the following reasons:
1. reduce your water bill & get city credits (who doesn't like more money?)
2. enhance watershed health by reducing your water load into our sewer system
3. decrease public spending on water treatment before AND after your barrels!
etc etc

Write me if you're interested. There are also a bunch of programs around to manage roof runoff on your property too using rain gardens, permaculture, etc.

Here is more info:
The City of Portland's Downspout Disconnection Program had been operational for several years,
but unfortunately ended on June 30, 2011.

It had offered homeowners a $53 direct reimbursement for disconnecting the vertical downspout --
so that rainwater run-off from your rooftop can flow into a 55-gallon, plastic barrel (instead of into the sewer).

However, the Bureau of Environmental Services will still offer you the ongoing possibility of a "CleanRivers" reward --
if you simply disconnect your downspout from pouring the rainfall down the drain.
You would accordingly deter rainwater from your roof-gutters from adding to the overburdened sewer-system during heavy downpours.

The City of Portland may reward you with an ongoing discount on your City water-bill.
This is not a one-time reimbursement, but rather a continuous discount from your periodic sewer-charges.

The usage of rain barrels conserves water which would otherwise have gone down the drain (as well as unnecessarily adding to sewerage overflow).

The City of Portland administers this program of the Bureau of Environmental Services
See the website at:

Phone the Clean River Rewards hotline at (503) 823-1371 for detailed registration-information and eligibility-requirements.
Portland, OR
Post #: 35
I totally need someone to come and help set up a water system on our 120 acres. Are you interested in such a project? Please contact FionaRhea at 503-two three four -2811 home or cell 503-34seven - nine 55 eight. Thanks!
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