LQ: Rain Barrels Help Protect Water Quality
Many of our Lions clubs make providing reliable access to clean water a priority. In Maryland, the signature service project of the Bowie Lions Club also conserves water with rain barrels.
By collecting rain water in the recycled barrels the club sells at farmer’s markets, residents prevent the runoff water containing pesticides and pollutants from entering the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, the residents use the water to maintain gardens, which accounts for about 40 percent of water use during the summer.
Through this innovative project, Lions in Maryland are doing their part to address the global water crisis. According to Lion Carl Vettel, “Rain barrels are very easy to construct and very easy to sell because of the benefit to the environment.”