OK, so once again the Water Quality Forum is sponsoring a backyard compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, June 15 that will allow residents to buy the environmentally-friendly devices at a discounted price, according to the latest county spin deal. The rain barrels and compost bins are available online, right smack here.
Residents can pre-order online until June 11 and then pick up their rain barrels and compost bins on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chilhowee Park's Kerr Building Parking Lot, 3301 East Magnolia Avenue. There will also be a limited number of extras available the day of the sale.
The Ivy brand rain barrels offered through the program are made of 50 percent recycled plastic and manufactured in the United States. Rain barrels capture rainwater from roof tops by connecting to the gutter downspout. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, and washing cars or pets.
These barrels capture water that would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flash flooding. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a municipality can have a significant impact on storm water management and water conservation.