Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC offers rain barrels
at discount price to Delawareans
Barrels to be sold first-come, first-served
April 8, 9, 15 and 16 at four locations
DOVER (March 13, 2014) – To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of water throughout the state, the Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is offering rain barrels at a discounted price to Delaware residents in April.
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 barrel pick-ups are scheduled for April in each county 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.
· For New Castle County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Tuesday, April 8, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at the New Castle Conservation District office Maintenance Yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark. Directions
· For Kent County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Wednesday, April 9, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at DNREC’s State Fair Building located off Route 13 in Harrington at the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink. Directions
· For western Sussex County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Tuesday, April 15, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (or until sold out) at the Seaford Public Works Building, 320 Virginia, Avenue, Seaford. Directions
· For eastern Sussex County residents: Rain barrels will be available for pick up Wednesday, April 16, 2014 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 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 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, this 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.”
Rain barrels come with all the components for quick and easy installation and winterization. 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 makes winterizing simple.
For more information, please call Nonpoint Source Program at 302-739-9922, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922.
Vol. 44, No. 63