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EnviroWatts-funded rain barrels making an impact

Thanks to a generous grant from
Tipmont’s EnviroWatts program,
Wabash River Enhancement
Corporation (WREC) and its partners
have distributed over 140 rain barrels
throughout the Greater Lafayette
community. The rain barrels benefit
the community in two ways.

First, water collected in rain barrels
can be used instead of water from a
garden hose. This conserves water
and reduces utility bills as watering
lawns and gardens can be up to 40
percent of household water use during
the summer months.

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EnviroWatts grant helped the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation distribute over 140 rain barrels throughout the Greater Lafayette community.

Second, the rain barrels prevent
approximately 182,000 gallons of
stormwater from entering the Wabash
River annually. This helps prevent
flooding and pollutant contamination.

“Every time it rains, water gushes from
downspouts across lawns and into
local streets picking up pesticides,
sediment, and nutrients before flowing
into local storm drains leading to the
Wabash River,” said Shannon Stanis,
Watershed Coordinator for WREC.

“The rain barrel program has been
incredibly popular and the community
has expressed sincere gratitude for
the opportunity to help the Wabash
and lower utilities.”

The Wabash River Enhancement
Corporation’s (WREC) mission
is to enhance the quality of life
in the Wabash River corridor by
providing sustainable opportunities
to improve health, recreation,
education, economic development
and environmental management.
More information is available at

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Rob Ford

Rob Ford

Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015. Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.

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