Water Capture & Reuse (Rain Barrels & Cisterns)

Water Harvesting & Water Reuse are constructed systems that capture and store stormwater and/or runoff for use at a later time. These systems help reduce runoff volume and water quality impairment downstream while providing beneficial uses on-site. Common examples include rain barrels, cisterns that collect water which can be reused for irrigation, or greywater.

Water Capture & Reuse Factsheet - SEMCOG


Maintenance is critical for water capture and reuse systems to function over the years. Having a maintenance plan in place will help ensure completion of tasks and that an appropriate timeline is followed. Routine tasks include:

  • Removal of debris and flushing to remove sediment
  • Inspection of screens, spigots, downspouts, and leaders as needed
  • Winterizing may be necessary