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Rain barrels might seem unnecessary during a drought such as the one that has wreaked havoc on farmlands and gardeners this summer, but they can be most helpful during periods of limited precipitation. Rain barrels capture and preserve what little rain water we receive to provide a ready supply of water for your gardens and lawns.

The cost of rain barrels from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) now includes free home delivery. The 55-gallon containers are available for $58 plus tax each for Cook County residents. The rain barrel program is a part of the MWRD’s mission to promote water conservation and environmental responsibility, and the addition of home delivery makes it easier for residents to participate.

Rain barrels may be purchased at