DID YOU KNOW? Every
time it rains in Berwyn, downspouts and street runoff mix directly with
raw sewage in the combined sewers under our streets. The rainwater then
needs to be treated as raw sewage by the Greater Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District. Using rain barrels and disconnecting downspouts
from storm sewers are two ways to divert clean water from rooftops back
into Lake Michigan and Mississippi watersheds, rather than treating it
in Stickney for eventual release downstream into the Mississippi River.
RAIN BARRELS Water
from rain barrels can be used to water gardens and lawns, reducing the
demand for Lake Michigan water. If you live east of the continental
divide running through Berwyn, the water you put back into the ground
helps replenish Lake Michigan. If you live west of the divide, the water
you put back into the soil, replenishes the Mississippi watershed.
RAIN BARRELS ON CERMAK Rain
barrels have been painted and will be on display on Cermak Road for
people to view in just a few weeks! The barrels will be available for
purchase through a silent auction. The Berwyn Main Street Foundation is proud to coordinate "Rain Barrels on Cermak" in Berwyn beginning on March 21
to run through May 21, 2011. Approximately 25 artists or groups have
participated in this public environmental awareness program.
purpose of the project was to have fun and educate the public about
water conservation. For more ideas on how to help your watershed or for
further information on this project, please contact Berwyn Main Street
at (708) 484-8000.