water barrel

An example of the modern water barrel being provided by the Brookville Borough on a limited basis.

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BROOKVILLE – The Brookville Borough is going low-tech. As part of the on-going storm water management effort the borough is offering rain barrels to residents.

Rain barrels have been around for centuries to collect run-off primarily from rooftops but the modern version is plastic and designed to prevent infiltration by animals or insects.

Rain barrels help in the prevention of non-point source pollution (NPS). NPS is caused by rainfall and carries man-made and natural pollutants over the ground and eventually dumps into streams, lakes and other natural water sources.

These water sources feed our drinking water and allow pollutants in. Some of these pollutants cannot be treated at a water treatment plant and remain in the water indefinitely.

There are restrictions on the use of the water collected in a rail barrel. The water should not be used as drinking water and it should not be used to water edible plants.

Additional information about safety, placement and use of the rain barrel is available at the borough office.

Only 20 rain barrels are available at this time. The barrels normally retail for about $80 but are available through the borough for $10. To request a rain barrel, contact the borough by Sept. 29.

The borough’s storm water management committee meets at the Brookville Borough Complex on Western Avenue on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

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