By “It”, I mean another rain barrel sale! The Cities of Round Rock & Hutto are working together to promote a rain barrel sale! It’s by preorder, so you place the order for the barrels online, then come pick them up on a specific day. There is no limit on the quantity of barrels you may order, and sale isn’t limited to Round Rock or Hutto residents. Anyone can purchase one; however the last day to order is April 24, 2015.
Three sizes of rain barrels are being offered, as well as a diverter to make it easier to get the water from your gutter downspout into the barrel:
50-gallon Spring Saver, 6 color choices, $64.99
54-gallon Rain Saver, 3 color choices, $84.99
Classic 100-gallon, 28 colors, $208.65
Water diverter kits for $15.99 or $21
54-gallon Rain Saver
The Barrel distribution will happen on Saturday, May 2nd at the Dell Diamond. Once you make your purchase, you’ll be emailed all the relevant pick-up information.
A very limited selection of barrels will be available for sale on May 2nd, so plan ahead and purchase yours today to ensure you get the colors you want! www.cityrainbarrelprogram.org
Why collect rainwater?? I’ve talked about it in previous posts, and condense the “whys” here:
Rainwater is much better for plants than the municipal water supply (it’s generally higher in nitrogen and it’s softer water), which probably is THE main reason people collect it.
However, an often overlooked, and just as good reason is for erosion control. You don’t have to actually “use” the water collected, but if you could at least slow it down on your property; that would aid in reducing the amount of erosion your property is subjected to. You can collect the water and then just release it, slowly, over your yard a few days after the rain event. Then the barrel(s) is empty and ready to collect the next rain event and you don’t have any worries about mosquitos!
It’s free, and
Tax-exempt! The water falling from the sky is free, and the purchase of collection containers has been tax-exempt in Texas since 2001. To assist you with collecting this precious resource, the City of Round Rock has a rebate for installing water collection tanks or barrels. (This rebate is available for direct City of Round Rock water customers only.)
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