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Celebrate a new RainWise installation at Prospect United Church of Christ, March 25

Summary

Celebrate community and clean water at a public celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program on Sunday, March 25. There will be refreshments, festivities, and information on how to take advantage of RainWise rebates.

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The public is invited to celebrate a major milestone to control one of the largest sources of pollution in Puget Sound.  In this latest in a series of community projects, the RainWise Program has partnered with Prospect UCC Church to install two cisterns, each managing 865 gallons of roof water. Prospect UCC’s newly installed cisterns will capture runoff from 3,230 square feet of roof area, effectively keeping 12,700 gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system each year.

The church pastor, Meighan Pritchard, described their involvement with the RainWise program in these words: "The members of Prospect United Church of Christ are excited to have these two cisterns as tangible evidence of our willingness to walk the talk about caring for our environment. We talk about environmental justice and climate change and are pleased to be taking this step to mitigate stormwater runoff in our community. The people in the RainWise program and our contractor were all wonderful to work with and made this process easy. We hope the RainWise program will continue to be able to serve Seattle in this way for as long as is needed."

Join us for a dedication ceremony on Sunday, March 25 at 1919 E. Prospect St at 11:45 a.m.With the new cistern capacity at Prospect Church, the RainWise Program now has more than 1,400 participants. By channeling stormwater runoff from over 40 acres of impervious rooftops to green infrastructure facilities such as rain gardens or cisterns, these properties are keeping 20 million gallons of runoff annually out of the combined stormwater/sewer system, and controlling overflows in local water bodies during heavy rains.                                                                 

Prospect UCC urges other faith based organizations, businesses, neighbors, and community organizations in eligible basins to take advantage of this program. Private property owners in the Montlake and Capitol Hill neighborhoods and many others throughout Seattle, are eligible for RainWise rebates. Rebates may cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a cistern or rain garden.

Besides beautifying landscapes, rain gardens help control stormwater, a significant source of pollution in Lake Washington, Puget Sound, Lake Union and the Duwamish River.

By controlling stormwater, people can support the city and county goals to control overflows of sewage and stormwater that occur in these waterways during heavy rains. 

RainWise is a joint program of Seattle Public Utilities and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. Over 50,000 properties in Seattle are eligible for RainWise rebates.

For additional information on the RainWise program and to take a virtual tour of local projects, please visit RainWise online at www.rainwise.seattle.gov.

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