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Celebrate the 20-million gallon RainWise milestone at Fairview Christian School, Oct. 27

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Celebrate community and clean water at a public rain garden celebration sponsored by the RainWise Program and hosted at Fairview Christian School on Friday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. The installation marks a major milestone for the program as its rain gardens and cisterns now successfully control over 20 million gallons of polluted runoff each year.

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The public is invited to celebrate a major milestone to control one of the largest sources of pollution in Puget Sound.

The RainWise Program has partnered with Fairview Christian School to host a rain garden dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27 at 3:40 p.m. The school is located at 844 NE 78th St. in Seattle.

With the school’s new rain garden, 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 20 million gallons of runoff out of the combined stormwater/sewer system, and controlling overflows in local water bodies during heavy rains.

There will be refreshments, festivities, and information on how to take advantage of RainWise rebates. Home Grown Organics, the contractor who designed and installed the school’s rain garden, will talk about the RainWise process and offer advice on selecting plants and options others could have on their properties.

Fairview Christian School’s newly installed rain garden will capture runoff from 5,395 square feet of roof area, effectively keeping 100,000 gallons of stormwater out of the combined sewer system, where it can overflow into local waterways during heavy rains.

Fairview Christian School urges other schools, neighbors, and community organizations in eligible basins to take advantage of this program. Private property owners in the Greenlake, University District, Maple Leaf and many other Seattle neighborhoods are eligible for RainWise rebates. Rebates may cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a cistern or rain garden.

Besides beautifying landscapes, rain gardens help control stormwater, a significant source of pollution in Lake Washington, Puget Sound, Lake Union and the Duwamish River.

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 Rain Wise program and to take a virtual tour of local projects, please visit RainWise online at www.700milliongallons.org/rainwise/.