City Introduces The "Lily" Rain Barrel With Hopes To Improve Water Quality

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

Two Lexington inventors, Mitzi Bender and Karen Bell, have developed a rain barrel that collects storm water while doubling as a plant urn. The rain barrel, known as "Lily", has become a part of the city's "Wastenot Family".

"Lily" is a 55-gallon barrel that can be attached to a downspout at one's house. Storm water runoff is stored in the bin and has a connection for a hose so that water can be released at a controlled rate. It also has a removable lid that is also designed to hold and water plants.

Mitzi Bender, inventor, says, " The Lily was born from a storm water problem. You're going to be able to reuse water and it's so good for the environment."

"Lily" will help reduce water runoff that contributes to the pollution of streams and rivers, while also preventing localized flooding.

Cheryl Taylor, Commissioner of Dept. Environmental Quality, says, "They are going to allow us to control sediment which is the number one pollutant in Kentucky streams."

Only 500 "Lily" rain barrels are currently available to citizens. The city plans to purchase more if the barrel takes off city-wide.

Each "Lily" costs $75 and only one is allowed per household. Contact LexCall at 311 to purchase your rain barrel.

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  • by Kay Location: Hazard on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    Rain barrels have been used in eastern KY since rain gutters were invented.
  • by Geri Johnson Location: The Pinnacle Subdivision in Lexington on Sep 7, 2008 at 07:38 PM
    I searched around for a rain barrel and found one called the Cascata Rain Barrel which I purchased through a catalog. It was made in Canada. I would certainly have preferred to buy one locally. I love the barrel. I only set it up about a week ago although I've had it for over a month. It's almost identical to the "Lily" except it has a capacity for 65 gallons of rain. I got my first full barrel of rain this past weekend.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Aug 20, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    Next their going to be offering containers for your all your branches from trees and call the container a "Woody." I can hear it now; people will be running down to City Hall asking if they can have a Woody! Why do we have to give them these silly names?
  • by Cheif rainmaker on Aug 20, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    All the homeless people will steal the barrels for clothes lol!
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Aug 20, 2008 at 03:39 PM
    wish richmond would do that, only we need better quality barrels. these in lexington are low quality and cost more than necessary. still, i applaud lex's efforts.


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