Contact: Phil Miller, DNREC Watershed Assessment and Management Section 302-672-1149 firstname.lastname@example.org
DNREC offers rain barrels for sale Sunday, May 4
at Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival
DOVER (May 2, 2014) – For the first time, the Nonpoint Source Program in DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will offer rain barrels for sale at the Delaware Watersheds exhibit during the Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival Sunday, May 4, at the Blades Marina. Retail price for the heavy-duty 50- to 55-gallon granite-colored plastic barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing a large quantity of barrels, the Nonpoint Source Program offers them to the public for $57.88 each.
The Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival, sponsored by the Nanticoke River Sail and Power Squadron, is one of many opportunities to learn about improving water quality through the “Reclaim our River, Nanticoke Series.” The series is designed to bring more events, workshops and recreational activities to the Nanticoke Watershed to help connect residents to their waterways and educate them for protecting aquatic resources. Rain barrels play an important role in protecting our water resources by collecting the stormwater runoff from our homes before it reaches our local streams and rivers. There will also be food available, live entertainment, and a nautical (boat stuff) yard sale at the festival.
A limited number of rain barrels are available from the Nonpoint Source Program and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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 downspout plug also makes winterizing simple.
What is a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores the water from roofs and downspouts for future uses such as watering lawns, gardens, and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing your car.
Rain barrels help to lower your water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of free water a year that homeowners don’t have to buy! Rain barrels are also important for our environment because they help reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff reaching our streams and rivers. The average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house. While it’s running from our homes and lawns, this stormwater picks up anything on the ground such as litter, excess fertilizer, pet waste, and motor oil and transports it to storm drains that do not treat the water before dumping it directly into our waterways.
Vol. 44, No. 139