Rain Barrels Herald Spring

May 23, 2017

Photo credit: Clean Water Minnesota

For the Reckingers of Woodbury, rain barrels are a family affair. Parents Jim and Mary are the local boosters, but credit their environmental educator daughter with encouraging them to install the pair that sits on the side of their house, April through September. And the generational influence has continued to trickle up. Now the grandparents also have rain barrels.

“In most families, parents influence their children. In our family, it’s the other way around,” says Jim of their four ecologically-minded children, all of whom pursued careers in environmental protection.
 
Originally, installing rain barrels was their daughter’s idea, but the barrels also appealed to the Reckinger’s desire for efficiency. Both former IT employees of the St. Paul Companies, Jim and Mary agreed that rain barrels “just made sense.” The two were raising children and working full-time jobs, visiting a cabin in Wisconsin whenever possible. For them, the option of turning off the water in the house when they left, and asking a willing neighbor to water flowers and birds from the outside rain barrel-supplied hose, simplified maintenance issues.
 
“We could just let gravity do its job,” says Jim, extolling the virtues of “free water” in an area that has tiered water pricing.

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