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Solana Center, County Team Up to Offer Discounted Rain Barrels

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation and the County of San Diego have teamed up to offer discounted rain barrels to encourage rainwater harvesting.  Don't miss this opportunity to pay $55 per rain barrel (after rebate) on up to 2 rain barrels per household.  By using rain barrels, San Diegans will conserve water, reduce runoff pollution and save money on their water bill when reusing rainwater for their gardens and landscapes.

The Rainwater − Catch it San Diego program offers 50 gallon “Ivy” discounted rain barrels for purchase at http://rainbarrelprogram.org/SD by credit card. The normal retail price is $129 but through this program, they are only $90. Homeowners may also be eligible for a rebate of $35 each on residential rain barrels for up to 2 rain barrels per household, which could bring the cost down to $55 per rain barrel.  More details on rebates and eligibility requirements are available at http://socalwatersmart.com/.

It’s easy! Here’s how the program works:
Pre-order discounted rain barrels online at: http://rainbarrelprogram.org/SD

Deadline to pre-order:             
April 8, 2018 at 11 p.m. for pick-up in Fallbrook
April 15, 2018 at 11 p.m. for pick-up in Alpine

Pick up rain barrels at one of the following Rain Barrel Pick-Up Events:                            

Location:  Fallbrook Public Utility District in Fallbrook
Date:        Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time:        12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pick up your rain barrel after visiting the Avocado Festival!

Location:   Alpine Community Center in Alpine
Date:         Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time:         10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Stay and enjoy the scenic foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains.

Californians let billions of gallons of fresh water go down the drain every year.  Just 1” of rain yields 600 gallons per every 1000 sq. ft. of roof space.  That's a lot of free, fresh water that San Diegans could be capturing and reusing.

There are several benefits to using rain barrels. Rain barrels not only capture precious rainwater, they keep it from polluting our beautiful coast. Storm runoff can collect many different types of pollutants before it reaches the ocean. Rain barrels can also prevent flooding in your own backyard.

“Overflow hose portals at the top edges of the barrel allow excess water flow to be spread throughout your garden, reducing backyard flooding,” said Solana Center Rain Barrel Program Coordinator, Geertje Grootenhuis.

For more information about the program and Ivy rain barrel specs visit: https://www.solanacenter.org/buy-rain-barrels

Solana Center is a San Diego-based, environmental non-profit that has provided waste diversion and environmental education in San Diego County for over 35 years. They seek to actively address and solve the region’s most pressing environmental issues. Solana Center’s Zero Waste, composting, and water conservation programs inspire and empower individuals to live sustainably, to reduce waste and to become change-makers in the communities where they live.

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