Urban areas, like Midwest City, have large amounts of impervious or solid surfaces such as paved parking lots, rooftops, and streets. These decrease the amount of rain or storm water the ground soaks up and increases runoff to our city streets, creeks and streams. During the course of each year, we receive multiple inquiries about what individuals or groups can do to help the environment. The Central Oklahoma Storm Water Alliance (COSWA), whose membership includes Midwest City and several surrounding communities, is giving residents an opportunity to buy rain barrels at an affordable price. Connecting rain barrels to your home’s gutter system is easy and provides an opportunity for households in Midwest City to reduce their impact on the environment. Additionally, a rain barrel will provide water storage to use on flower gardens or your lawn whenever you like, for free. So instead of using water from your tap or spigot, which can be expensive, you can use the water from your rain barrel. This is even more important during those months with reduced rainfall so having more than one barrel to store water is a great idea. Midwest City will be hosting a rain barrel event on October 17th and 18th 2014 at the Charles Johnson Building. This event allows you to purchase a rain barrel online and schedule delivery for these prearranged dates. This opportunity to purchase high quality rain barrels at an affordable cost without additional shipping won’t last. All orders must be received by October 12th 2014 in order to ensure delivery to the event on October 17th and 18th. If you have any questions or would like to buy a rain barrel, please visit: http://www.upcycle-products.com/static.asp?path=6191 or call (405) 739-1040. Just a reminder that we must do all we can to keep pollutants off of impervious surfaces (like streets, sidewalks, and driveways) to ensure that the water that does flow into the street and storm drain is as clean as possible. This will help keep pollutants out of creeks and lakes, keeping them clean for you and your family to swim and fish in.