When deciding on where your rain barrel should be located please note that Village Ordinance does not allow rain barrels to be located in the front yard of any property. Rain barrels may only be located in the side or rear yards of residential properties.
The Village further requires that you maintain your rain barrel properly to prevent mosquito breeding. Your rain barrels must be equipped with a mosquito proof screen on the lid and inside the overflow hole to keep mosquitoes and other insects out. Keep your rain barrel lid sealed and keep rain barrels free of organic matter. If you suspect mosquitoes are inside your rain barrel, empty your barrels completely. By the next rain it will be filled again.
In the fall you will have to winterize your rain barrel. Ensure that your rain barrel is empty of any water. Keep your spigot open so water will not accumulate and freeze. Don’t forget to disconnect your diverter downspout and reconnect your original downspout. You can also turn your rain barrel upside down or bring it inside (your best option to prolong its life).
Remember to keep children away from rain barrels. Keep lids secure so children or pets cannot fall into the barrel. Locate the rain barrel on a stable surface. A full rain barrel may weigh 400-500 lbs. Make sure the rain barrel is not a tipping hazard for yourself or small children. Do not try to move a rain barrel when it is full. Water collected in rain barrels should not be used for drinking or cooking purposes.
The Village no longer subsidizes the cost of rain barrels. Rain barrels are available at Steiner Electric, 1250 Touhy Ave. in Elk Grove Village. Their phone number is (847) 228-0400. The cost per rain barrel is $85.00 + tax. Residents need to go to the “Will Call” counter to purchase and pick up their rain barrel(s). Steiner Electric’s hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sat. from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must use cash or check to purchase a rain barrel. No debit/credit cards are accepted.