Celebrate community and clean water at a public celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Samaritan Center of Puget Sound on Tuesday, April 10, at noon.
The public is invited to celebrate a major milestone to control one of the largest sources of pollution in Puget Sound. In the latest in a series of community projects, the RainWise Program has partnered with Samaritan Center to install seven cisterns of different sizes, on the agency’s property at 564 NE Ravenna Blvd., near Green Lake in Seattle. This will be the location for a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 at noon, in the agency’s community hall.
Besides beautifying landscapes, rain gardens help control stormwater, a significant source of pollution in Lake Washington, Puget Sound, Lake Union and the Duwamish River.
“We take our agency name, in part, from Puget Sound,” said Jim Ramsey, a Samaritan therapist who also oversees the physical plant of the Green Lake office. “So it seemed natural that we play a small part in maintaining the health of an immensely valuable regional resource.”
Samaritan Center of Puget Sound’s newly installed cisterns will capture runoff from 100 percent of their roof area, effectively keeping 30,159 gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system each year. With the new cistern capacity at Samaritan Center, 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 millions of gallons of runoff out of the combined stormwater/sewer system annually, and controlling overflows into local waterbodies during heavy rains.
Samaritan Center urges other businesses, neighbors, churches, and community organizations in eligible basins to take advantage of this program. Private property owners in the Green Lake, University District, Maple Leaf 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.
There will be refreshments, festivities, and information on how to take advantage of RainWise rebates. Rain Dog Design, the contractor who designed and installed the Center’s cisterns, will talk about the RainWise process and offer advice on installation and use of the water stored in cisterns.
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.700milliongallons.org/rainwise/.