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DNREC to Offer Rain Barrels for Sale May 9 and 14

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DOVER, Del.– The Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will offer Delaware residents another opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discounted price.

Rain barrel pick-ups will be available at these two locations, dates and times:

  • New Castle County: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 between 3 and 6 p.m., or until sold out, at the New Castle Conservation District office Maintenance Yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark.
  • Sussex County: Friday, May 9, 2014 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or until sold out, at DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. 
The barrels will fit in the backseat of most cars but not in the trunk, so you may want to bring a tarp or blanket to protect vehicle seats. A limited number of rain barrels are available and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until they are sold out.

The 50- to 55-gallon granite-colored barrels are made from 25 to 35 percent recycled content. Regular retail price for these heavy-duty plastic rain barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing a large quantity of barrels, the Nonpoint Source Program can offer them to the public for $57.88 each. Payment can be made by check or money order to the “State of Delaware.”

Rain barrels come with all the components for quick and easy installation. Customers simply drill a small hole in their downspout (hole-saw bit included with purchase) and insert the barrel’s FlexiFit™ diverter. No horizontal cuts in the downspout are required; no additional parts, such as elbows or extensions, must be purchased. The included cover also makes winterizing simple.

To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of water throughout the state, the Nonpoint Source Program encourages Delawareans to consider using a rain barrel. Rain barrels are an innovative way to capture rainwater from your roof and store it for later use. Water collected from rain barrels can be used to wash cars, water lawns, flower gardens and indoor plants.

“Without a rain barrel, rain water would run off your roof and become stormwater, picking up pollutants on its way to a storm drain, stream, lake, bay or ocean,” said Environmental Scientist Sharon Webb of DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program. “By using a rain barrel, you can lower your water bill, conserve well water in the dry season and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.”

The Nonpoint Source Program does not plan to offer rain barrels for purchase next year, Webb added. “We have some rain barrels left following the sale dates earlier in April, and we want to give residents another chance to purchase them,” she said.

For more information, call Nonpoint Source Program at (302) 739-9922, or email sharon.webb@state.de.us. To check on availability during distribution, call (302) 739-9922.

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