The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently offering a rain barrel program for Cook County residents. Rain barrels are used to collect and store rainwater from rooftops (via your home's disconnected downspout). The stored water is ideal for watering your gardens, potted plants/flowers, and lawns. The rain barrels are $45.78 each and can be ordered and paid for on the MWRD website. For more information on this program or to purchase a rain barrel please visit the MWRD website.