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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

DNREC announces dates for sale of remaining rain barrels  

DOVER (April 29, 2014) – The Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship today announced two additional dates for Delaware residents to purchase remaining rain barrels at a discounted price.

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.”

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 the Division’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.

Rain barrel pick-ups will be available at the locations, dates and times listed below. 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.

·        For New Castle County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up 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. Directions

·        For Sussex County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up 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. Directions

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.

For more information, please call Nonpoint Source Program at 302-739-9922, or email To check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922.

Vol. 44, No. 131
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