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Jersey City to launch citywide
initiative to collect rainwater

Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Mike D´Onofrio

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/21/2014 3:38:54 PM

Jersey City residents will soon be able to capture hundreds of gallons of water with their very own rain barrel. Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, in partnership with Sustainable JC and the Jersey City Environmental Commission, will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce the Jersey City Rain Barrel Initiative. The initiative is a sustainable plan to collect and filter runoff water, reduce flooding, minimize pollution and energy and also save money. The rain barrels will connect to residents´ downspouts, and can be used to water yards and gardens with collected rain water from roof runoff.

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With ongoing blood shortages, blood barrels to catch the runoff in the streets would be the more useful option.

Meanwhile, JC residents will use those barrels as shipping containers in which to send food bought on their food stamp cards to their families in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: carterzest, 7/21/2014 3:44:55 PM     (No. 9934164)

The EPA is going to love this....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: WAN2, 7/21/2014 4:02:36 PM     (No. 9934192)

Cute. Actually functional? Blank out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Former lurker, 7/21/2014 4:12:11 PM     (No. 9934204)

Mosquito breeding grounds!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: trackman999, 7/21/2014 4:43:07 PM     (No. 9934239)

as someone pointed out, down spouts got to the ground. a person would have to shorten their downspout(s) to get a barrel underneath them. And , how do you get that water to your lawn? I wouldnt the drink water that ran off my roof.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 4justice, 7/21/2014 5:11:53 PM     (No. 9934259)

You could easily siphon it to the lawn and other plants.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/21/2014 5:13:41 PM     (No. 9934265)

Chocolate Rain
Seldom mentioned on the radio
Chocolate Rain
It´s the fear your leaders car control

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PageTurner, 7/21/2014 5:40:11 PM     (No. 9934279)

If rain is a function of the air above it, I´d be a little leery about Jersey rainwater.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared, 7/21/2014 5:47:56 PM     (No. 9934285)

200 barrels reduce flooding?

Our county here in FL tells us not to collect water because of mosquitoes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mackrand, 7/21/2014 5:54:28 PM     (No. 9934289)

We had a rain barrel at the log house. I used to get up on a rock and watch the wiggle tails swim around in there. Never thought about what the wiggle tails became when they grew up.

Come to think of it, I think the bats or the birds ate all the mosquitos as I can´t remember having a mosquito problem but Joisy City will if this takes off. No matter. If the lawn is brown from no rain, there won´t be any water in the rain barrel anyway. And you wouldn´t catch me drinking out of it either.

Climb up my rain barrel,
Slide down my cellar door,
And we´ll be jolly friends,
For ever more!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TheMom, 7/21/2014 5:55:00 PM     (No. 9934292)

Great idea. I do it here at our house, and have no problems with skeeters. However... a whopping 200 barrels? Pardon the obvious pun, but... that´s just a drop in the bucket.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 7/21/2014 5:55:25 PM     (No. 9934293)

If these barrels come with a bar of soap and basic personal hygiene instructions, I´m all for it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jond, 7/21/2014 6:00:39 PM     (No. 9934296)

Rainwater collecting is pretty common in dry parts of the country, like most of Texas.

They have these little thingees you can put on your downspout to divert the water into a barrel before it gets to ground level.

Google "Rainwater Diverter".

The water you collect is not directly drinkable, and filtering it is a bit complicated. But if you´re drinking NJ tap water ...

They have bacteria pellets you can put in the water to kill the mosquitoes, though I don´t know how well they work.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: booneboy, 7/21/2014 7:08:43 PM     (No. 9934373)

One barrel for yourself and one for the NAACP in Detroit.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 4Justice, 7/21/2014 7:50:30 PM     (No. 9934439)

Standing water is only a problem with mosquitoes if it is uncovered. You can make it so the barrel is covered if you have some kind of hose/pipe funneling it in.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/21/2014 8:49:49 PM     (No. 9934505)

My nice Italian neighbor had a rain barrel when I was a child. He used it to water his grape vines and tomatoes.

One of the local kids, a little boy about five, had to be rescued when he fell in while playing around said rain barrel. Had no one been around, he wouldn´t have survived.

I think there will be more of that sort of thing than saving water if they´re put in Jersey City, or any very urban locale.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/21/2014 10:18:26 PM     (No. 9934579)

They could have come in handy when Hurricane Sandy hit. /s

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jond, 7/22/2014 8:41:35 AM     (No. 9934956)

Anyone who figures out how to move water from places that have too much to places that have too little will become de facto emperor of the known universe.

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