City partnership to offer rain barrels for sale

<p>Rain barrel.  |  Photo courtesy of Naperville Park District.</p>

Rain barrel.  |  Photo courtesy of Naperville Park District.

A partnership between the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District and The Conservation Foundation will make rain barrels available for sale through April 24. Rain barrels are used to store water for later use, lowering water bills and reducing wasteful usage. Read the full release below.

The City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District are partnering with The Conservation Foundation, a Naperville-based non-profit, to offer 55-gallon rain barrels for sale from now through Thursday, April 24, 2014. Pick-up for the barrels will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

The sale also includes a variety of other related products including accessories, compost bins, flower boxes and bird houses. The 55-gallon rain barrels are made from high-density plastic and were previously used for shipping pickled food overseas. They will be sold for $58.50 each if picked up or for $63.50 with home delivery. Pick-up orders will be taken through April 24 via a third party vendor, Upcycle Products, at the following link:

The barrels will be available for pick-up at the Naperville Park District South Maintenance Facility at 3415 Book Road on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Additionally, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District will host a rain barrel decorating contest later this spring and summer. Details will be announced at a later time via the Park District, City and Conservation Foundation websites.  
Rain barrels are large containers that capture rainwater at the end of a downspout and store the water for later use, such as watering plants or washing cars. Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, helps reduce flooding and can have a dramatic positive impact on water quality in our rivers and streams.
Rain barrels can help divert a significant amount of storm water from our community’s storm sewers. For example, if 250 homeowners or businesses install a rain barrel on their property, we can expect to keep more than 13,000 gallons of water out of the storm sewers for each average rainfall.

The rain barrels come equipped with a spigot, a screw off lid, a garden hose threaded overflow and screen in the top to help keep out bugs and debris.


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