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Learn more about MSD Rain Barrel Pilot Program

Wednesday February 15, 2012

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/526-3622

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) is encouraging residents along Payne Street to learn more about a new pilot program from MSD which will help alleviate sewer overflows into Beargrass Creek.

It involves using a simple rain barrel to help the environment.

“The Payne Street Rain Barrel Pilot Program has the potential to not only help with the federal consent decree Metro Louisville is under but it will also enhance our sustainability efforts in the district,” says Ward-Pugh.

MSD is teaming up with the 9th District Green Triangle Initiative, 15Thousand Farmers and Sustainable Clifton to educate the public on the benefits of rain barrels and downspout disconnection, as well as improve the water quality in the community.

The project’s target area is Payne Street from Charlton to S. Bellaire, with some addresses on Quarry and Angora Court included. Through the project, these targeted residents will be approached to receive rain barrels for free or through reimbursement from MSD. The work to install the rain barrels and complete the downspout disconnection will be performed by volunteer groups and will be at no cost to residents in the Pilot Project area.

MSD Representatives will explain the program fundamentals and provide rain barrel installation & downspout disconnection demonstrations on February 21 2012, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Clifton Center Reception Hall, 2117 Payne Street.

“I would encourage everyone to learn more about this project,” says Ward-Pugh. “Residents will pay no cost for the conversion which, in the long run, will remove storm water from the combined sewer system and thus improve water quality in Beargrass Creek by a reduction in sewer overflows.”

If you live in the target area, drop in during the meeting to learn more about participation in the program. If you have questions about this project, please contact Wes Sydnor with MSD at 502-540-6274.

If you live in the project area, are unable to attend the meeting on the 21st and would like to participate in the project, please email Paula Glasford at

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