The Town of Salem has launched a Rain Barrel Program as part of its water conservation initiatives. Rain barrels are used to collect runoff from roofs which can be used for watering lawns, gardens, and plants. The rain barrel connects to a downspout via a diverter which directs the water into the barrel. An overflow hose allows excess water to safely flow away from the house, or can also be used to link multiple barrels for additional water storage.
Rain barrels can help reduce peak water demand in the summer when outdoor water use is high. Just 1/8 inch of rainwater can fill a 60 gallon barrel, if it is well-situated. That 60 gallons of water can then cover about 100 square feet with 1 inch of water when it is needed later. This saves homeowners money on their water bills, reduces stormwater runoff, and reduces water demand. Plus, plants actually prefer natural rainwater over treated tap water.
The Great American Rain Barrel Company is locally located in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. The owners run a food importing business, with products arriving in high-quality, food grade plastic shipping drums. The company has repurposed over 100,000 of these shipping drums into rain barrels. The barrels have a removable lid with a screen to keep insects and debris out. Painted barrels cost $69 (compared to $119 full retail) and are available in three colors: Forest Green, Nantucket Gray, and Espresso Brown. Unpainted barrels are available for $64. Orders are placed directly with the Great American Rain Barrel Company on their website, meaning that no money passes through the Town of Salem. This program is simply being provided as a service to make discounted rain barrels available to Salem residents who wish to purchase them.
This quick video explains how the Save the Rain Diverter works to direct water from your downspout to the rain barrel.
This program will only be available for a short time, so please visit The Great American Rain Barrel Company’s Community Programs website, select “New Hampshire” and “Salem”, and place your order today! Orders must be placed by June 12, 2019 at midnight.
On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the orders will be delivered to Salem Town Hall for pick-up from 5-8 PM. If you are unable to attend the pick-up event, please make arrangements for someone else to pick-up your order, as storage will not be available after the event. Volunteers will be on hand to help load the barrels into your vehicle.
We can all do our part to help reduce water consumption, and rain barrels are a great tool to help do just that!
Contact: Karri Makinen, [email protected], (603)890-2086