The City of Evanston has partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to offer free rain barrels and free rain barrel delivery to eligible Evanston residential property owners. 

Rain barrels connected to downspouts collect stormwater runoff from rooftops for use for lawn and garden watering and help decrease the amount of water that ends up in Evanston’s stormwater sewer system. That, in turn, officials say, helps decrease the likelihood of flooding.

Residential property owners located in Evanston are eligible for the program, including single-family homeowners and owners of multi-unit residential condo and rental apartment buildings.

Each single-family and multi-unit residential building may order up to four free rain barrels. It may take up to 12 weeks for the rain barrels to be delivered. Commercial properties in Evanston are not eligible for free rain barrels, but may purchase them online at a cost of $51.67 each.

The free rain barrels for residential properties can be ordered on the city website.

The City of Evanston, in partnership with the Evanston Ecology Center and local landscape contractors, is offering free rain barrel and rain garden classes to help answer questions related to the program and general property stormwater management practices.

Classes will take place at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., as part of the Evanston Environmental Association’s Livable Landscapes Program from 6 to 8 p.m. on two Thursdays — April 28 and May 26.

Community members can register for the class (Class # 113149) online or by calling 311.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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