LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)-- United Way and Purdue University students partnered together to prevent stormwater runoff from entering the Wabash River.
Due to excess rainfall, wastewater plants overflow and leak into the Wabash River. With this project, the extra rainfall will be put to good use.
Volunteers and United Way staff built rain barrels to collect rainwater from the United Way roof. Twenty three percent of the roof will collect the runoff and use the excess water to feed the plants planted around the entrance of the building.
Volunteer Engagement Director Amy Wood said with all the rain this year, these methods will help recycle water and benefit the environment.
"The rainwater is going to fill up the barrels so they can water our plants," Wood said. "There are hoses that are now dug into the ground so the plants will now be watered for us."
The project comes from a course at Purdue University over Environmental and Ecological Engineering.