Go Green this Summer: Save Water, Save Money

Save over 25% off the Purchase of a Rain Barrel

July 14th, 2008

Kathryn Swartz, American Rivers, 419-936-3759 
Joan Freele, New England Rain Barrel, 781-910-9036 

Toledo, OH — For the second time this year, Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan residents have the opportunity to save money and water by purchasing discounted rain barrels, thanks to a partnership between American Rivers, the Toledo Stormwater Program and The New England Rain Barrel Company. Rain barrels are available at the discounted price of $72 — $27 off the retail price of $99. The rain barrels help residents use water more wisely and reduce pollution in local streams. 

“We all need clean water, and it’s important that we use water wisely. Rain barrels are an easy way to catch and store rain for watering gardens, shrubs and trees. They also help prevent stormwater from overwhelming our aging sewer systems or flowing over dirty streets and parking lots and polluting local streams,” said Kathryn Swartz, Conservation Associate for American Rivers. “By catching the rain and reusing it, residents can help the environment and save money at the same time.”

Ninety-two rain barrels were sold through this program in March.

A rain barrel captures and stores rainwater from the roof gutter system of a home for later use. The New Englander is designed for watering flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees either by connecting a garden hose to the rain barrel or filling a watering can.

Did you know?

  • The average homeowner uses approximately 40 percent of water for outdoor use
  • One inch of rainfall on a 1,200 square foot roof will yield over 700 gallons of water
  • A quarter inch run-off from an average roof will easily fill the barrel. If you have five storms a season, that equals 275 gallons of free water
  • Rain barrel use reduces the stress on municipal water systems during the summer months and improves stormwater management

The New Englander rain barrels are made from 55 gallon blue plastic recycled containers. The top does not come off, so children or pets cannot get in the barrel. It has a six inch diameter inlet opening covered with a screened louver to keep insects and debris out. The barrels have two brass spigots; one to allow you to connect a hose for watering, and one for overflow.  You can connect a hose to the overflow spigot and redirect the water away from your home.  It even comes with a five-foot hose with a shutoff valve.  You can join multiple barrels for additional capacity.

Orders must be placed by July 28th.  A general delivery has been scheduled for Saturday, August 2nd at the Erie St Market, 237 S. Erie St, Downtown Toledo from 9 am till noon.  All who order rain barrels may pick them up at that time.  For further information or to order a rain barrel, call The New England Rain Barrel Company toll free at 877-977-3135 or order online at http://www.nerainbarrel.com/.   


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