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Rain Barrels Sold at Soil and Water Conservation

Jul 31, 2018

The Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District can help residents conserve water through its rain barrel program. Rain barrels are a storage system used to harvest rain water, which can then be used to water plants, lawns and gardens.

Soil and Water Conservation uses 55-gallon pickle barrels to make the rain barrels. The barrel is modified by adding a mesh screen netting to the open top of the barrel to keep debris and bugs out; a spigot is added to the bottom, which can be used to attach a hose and an overflow adapter is added toward the top. Several rain barrels can even be connected through the overflow adapter; once the first barrel is full, water will be diverted to the next barrel.

Rain barrels can be placed out in the open, under the drip line of a roof or under a gutter’s downspout.

Water savings from using stored rainwater, rather than municipal or well water, can be substantial over time. A typical one-inch rainfall can fill the rain barrel that is placed under a downspout.

Rain barrels can be purchased for $40 at the Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District office at 301 East Mountain Drive, Suite 229. Cash and checks are accepted. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds from rain barrel sales go toward supporting youth educational programs in Cumberland County such as the Resource Conservation Workshop, Land Judging and Envirothon.

For more information, call 910-484-8479 ext. 3.

View this video and see how Soil and Water Conservation refurbishes pickle barrels and makes rain barrels to conserve rain water: