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STORMWATER UTILITY DISPLAY RAIN BARREL PAINTED BY ANDREAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

A special rain barrel is on display at the Merrillville Stormwater Resource Center, which was decorated in March, 2015, by three Andrean High School senior students, under the supervision and direction of their art teacher, Charlotte Spence.   The students are Jill Bridgeman, Mike Krzyston and Miguel Perez.

A decorated rain barrel gives a resident the opportunity to be creative and personalize it to your own liking.  Anyone interested in seeing the decorated rain barrel can visit the Stormwater Resource Center at 7404 Broadway.

The Town of Merrillville and Stormwater Utility promote the use of rain barrels because they are containers that collect and store rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and waterways.  The water from a rain barrel is typically used to water plants, trees, shrubs and lawns.  The advantages are rain barrels save you money, help reduce stormwater pollution, conserve water supply resources and are better for plants and gardens.

To see pictures of the students and the rain barrel, click here to visit the Stormwater photo gallery.  Pictured there are, left to right:  Matt Lake, Executive Director of Merrillville Stormwater Utility, Student Jill Bridgeman, Andrean Art Teacher Charlotte Spence, and Student Mike Krzyston.  (Not pictured is Miguel Perez, who came up with the theme of “Hugging a Tree”).