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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.

The 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.