Conservation district is again selling rain barrels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:17
Due to the popularity and tremendous response to our first offering, the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District continues to offer for sale a variety of new items to assist with people's backyard conservation efforts.
Rain barrels come in black, granite, or terra cotta and are available in 45- or 60-gallon capacities.
What's a rain barrel?
Rain barrels collect and store rainwater from rooftops, which can later be used for watering lawns and gardens. Collecting rain water in a rain barrel prevents its flow over paved surfaces where it could pick up pollutants, such as sediment, oil, bacteria, metals and nutrients, enter a storm drain, and eventually discharge into a local waterway. This style of rain barrel is not only functional but attractive as well. The lid can be inverted to create a planter on top of the barrel, or left as solely a rain water container.
For those wishing to construct their own barrel from a container on hand, the district also offers a "do-it-yourself" kit with all the plumbing fixtures necessary to turn a barrel into a functional rain barrel.
Composters are also being offered for sale.
The style is free standing with a twist locking lid, vertical and horizontal columnar ventilation. WSWCD officials say these composters are affordable and the perfect shape for making compost quickly. Sized appropriately for city homes and small yards, they are great for composting kitchen scraps and light yard waste. Each holds the equivalent of 1¬Ω 30-gallon trash bags. All composters offered come with a warranty.
The deadline for ordering is June 30.
Visit the website for prices and more details on these items or stop by the office at 1616 East Wooster Street, Suite 32, in the Courtyard of Greenwood Centre in Bowling Green.

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