The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Company on a project to offer low-cost, chlorine-free rain barrels to residents as part of a conservation and sustainability program.
“This program will help our community manage rising water costs, save vegetation from drought conditions and help Wellesley protect its valuable aquifers,” said Brandon Schmitt, Wellesley NRC director. “We’re encouraging homeowners to use rain barrels because they are an effective and environmentally-friendly way to collect and save water, as much as 1500 gallons of water in a season.”
This recycled rain water could save existing or new landscaping when a dry spell hits and supplement outdoor water usage, which spikes during the growing season. Rain barrels also reduce runoff from homes and developments that can harm existing water sources because they flood storm drains and discharge pollutants.
Barrels are easily connected to home downspouts and fill quickly. This region typically receives 16 inches of rain from May 1 to September 30. For every inch of rainfall, a 1,000 square-foot surface can collect 620 gallons of water. An average roof of 2,400 square-feet could have over 20,000 gallons of fresh rainwater splashing over its surface during this time period, a significant source of water that homeowners could be tapping into for free.
The NRC chose the Great American Rain Barrel Company because of its product durability, functionality and tried-and-true reputation. The barrels are offered in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray and cost $69 for a painted barrel and $64 for an unpainted one, 40% off the retail price of $119. Wellesley participants also do not have to pay shipping fees because the NRC is managing the distribution, so that saves you an extra ten bucks.
Wellesley participants will receive an additional $10 discount because the NRC is managing the distribution.
To order, please visit The Great American Rain Barrel Company, search “Community Programs” and look for Massachusetts, then Wellesley (ignore their atrocious spelling of our dear town). Or contact the Great American Rain Barrel Company directly at [email protected] All orders must be received by Friday, May 28. All barrels MUST be picked up on Saturday, June 3 from 9am – 11am at the Wellesley Department of PublicWorks, 30 Municipal Way, Wellesley.