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Smart Living at Home
Smart Living LogoSmart Living at Home is the residential component of Smart Living Orland Park.  It shares its name with the overall program because it is the main focus that primarily connects residents with the Village's ongoing promotion of green initiatives.  A few highlights of the Smart Living program include:

Join the Smart Living Effort
Everyone can join the Smart Living effort. Homeowners and businesses alike can work toward a more sustainable future through the Smart Living at Home program to cut costs, improve efficiency, and save energy and water. Use the Green Resource Center for more ways to save and be green.

Live a Greener Life
Here are some simple steps to a greener life. Click on the flyer to enlarge.


Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are a form of green infrastructure that are designed to capture and reuse rain water. The largest benefit of rain barrel use is achieved by disconnecting the roof runoff from the system and installing rain barrels to reuse water. Roofs comprise 41 percent of the impervious surface in Cook County. Many of these surfaces are directly connected to the public drainage system.

The goal of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and the Village of Orland Park’s Rain Barrel Program is to remove the direct load of water from entering the sewer system, reducing basement backups, and reducing combined sewer overflow volume, overland flooding, and infiltration and inflow. 

The MWRD’s rain barrels are made from repurposed or upcycled, plastic food barrels so they are doubly green. In addition, a flexible connecting elbow is included to attach the barrel to your downspout, a linking hose to connect it to a second barrel, detailed instructions, and delivery to residents’ homes.

Thank you for participating in the MWRD’s free rain barrel program; The last day to submit orders for free rain barrels was December 31, 2016.  All orders received by that date will be delivered in the first few months of 2017.

Rain barrels will be available for purchase through MWRD's website, www.mwrd.org.  Once the order form has been processed your barrel or barrels (limit of four) will be ordered and then delivered to your home by the MWRD's vendor. Please allow up to six weeks for delivery. Installation is not included. Instructions are included with delivery.