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Stormwater & Runoff Services - Public Education

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Leawood residents and businesses can do a great deal to help keep our water clean and prevent problems such as flooding. The City of Leawood Public Works Department offers a number of publications providing information about landscaping with native plants, creating a rain garden, installing a rain barrel, handling potential pollutants and much more. We also list a number of resources for additional information on these and many other topics.


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When it comes to stormwater and runoff issues, the reason to landscape with native plants is simple: They need less water. This means you need to water them less often, thus reducing potential runoff. Native plants are also easier to care for and increase wildlife habitat.

To learn more about growing native in our area, check out these sources:

KCARE/Kansas State University and look for Benefits of Landscaping with Native Vegetation, Xeriscaping in Your Yard


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Rain gardens save water — up to 30% more water than lawn of the same area. This reason alone should be enough to encourage everybody to plant one on their property. But by holding the water, rain gardens also help prevent flooding. Instead of running off into the street and down the storm drain where it flows into waterways and can help swell them to flood level, the water percolates into the soil, cleaning itself of pollutants before re-entering natural channels, nourishing plants and reducing the need for watering.

Learn more about the rain garden initiative in the greater Kansas City area and how you can benefit from planting a rain garden by visiting:


Rain Barrel- top

What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rain water from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams and lakes. Most rain barrels are composed of a 55-gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, and other off-the-shelf items. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter downspout.

What are the advantages of a rain barrel?
Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most - during periods of drought - to water plants, wash your car, or top a swimming pool. It provides an ample supply of free "soft water" containing no chlorine, lime or calcium, making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing.

Although rain barrels might not provide all the water needed to sustain your plant material, it can certainly supplement your current watering schedule. Planter beds, vegetable or flower gardens and potted plants can easily be irrigated with the water from a rain barrel. The water savings from using stored rainwater rather than municipal or well water can be substantial over a period of time. A rain barrel can also help reduce the amount of water that may settle around the foundation of your home. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams and natural bodies of water.

At this time the City is working on modifying its ordinance to allow rain barrels. Please contact the City's Planning Department at (913) 339-6700 before purchasing and installing a rain barrel.

To learn more about rain barrels visit RainKC or City of Lawrence.