Rain barrels for sale

By Haywood Waterways Association | Apr 10, 2014
Photo by: Eric Romaniszyn

Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and Haywood Cooperative Extension Service are selling rain barrels to help raise awareness of water conservation.

The 55-gallon barrels are made from recycled food-grade containers. They are fitted with a bug screen and have connections for a garden hose, overflow pipes or to connect multiple barrels in series. Display models are at the Chamber of Commerce office at 28 Walnut St., Waynesville, and Cooperative Extension office at 589 Raccoon Road, where they can also be purchased.

The cost for one barrel is $80.25, which includes sales tax.

Rain barrels are good for water and a great investment for maintaining healthy gardens and landscaping. During drought they provide a source of water for irrigation and reduce the strain on rivers and wells. By capturing and retaining rainwater they help reduce stormwater impacts when it rains.

Each barrel captures 650 gallons of stormwater per year on average and also helps keep pollutants, such as airborne nitrogen, from getting into streams. Over their estimated 30-year lifespan, they have a value of $880 in terms of nitrogen removal and potable water savings.

Rain barrels can also be ordered through Haywood Waterways at 476-4667 or info@haywoodwaterways.org.

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