Westborough offers discounted rain barrels to residents
Westborough – The town of Westborough has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park to offer rain barrels to residents at a discount to help conserve water and save money. Barrels will be on display at the Public Library and the Town Hall.
Each UV-protected polyethylene rain barrel is manufactured in the USA from a recycled shipping drum that stands 39″ tall by 24″ wide and weighs 20 lbs. empty with a wall thickness of 3/16,” resulting in a rigid, heavy duty rain barrel that will last virtually forever. The barrel comes complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw-on cover, and a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use, with either a watering can or a garden hose. The rain barrel arrives with simple instructions for fast and easy installation.
The Water Supply District of Acton is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors, forest green, earth brown or Nantucket Gray, at the low cost of $65 versus the retail price of $119. To take advantage of this community program discount, visit www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/c-82-westborough.aspx, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-251-2352.
Rain barrels reduce runoff. In watershed areas, runoff from homes and developments can harm existing water sources because overtaxed storm sewers discharge polluted runoff. Over time. this takes a toll on the fragile aquatic ecosystem that the area is dependent on. Water shortage is also a growing global concern. In New England, residential water usage can increase as much as 60 percent during the spring, summer, and fall seasons from outdoor watering needs, such as watering gardens, lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Barrels can offset that usage; saving homeowner’s money and helping the community manage water supplies.
Barrels will be available for pick up Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Public Works Department, 131 Oak St., Westborough. The deadline for ordering is Sunday, April 28 by 5 p.m.
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