DNREC offers rain barrels at discount price to Delawareans

Barrels to be sold first-come, first-served May 22-24 at three locations

To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of it throughout the state, DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is again offering  large rain barrels for sale at a greatly reduced price to Delaware residents.

Regular retail price for these heavy-duty plastic barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing the barrels at a quantity discount, DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program within the Division of Watershed Stewardship is again selling them for $66 each. A limited number of barrels are available and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All three counties will have a sale and pick-up location in late May for the barrels, which cannot be ordered or reserved in advance.

The 60-gallon capacity terra cotta-colored barrels are recycled food grade barrels that originally came into the United States filled with olives and pickles. Though thoroughly scrubbed, the barrels may have small scrapes and scratches from their travels. The barrels are fitted with a screw-on perforated top with an inside mesh screen to make them child- and pet-safe, and to help keep out debris and bugs. They also come with a spigot and an overflow hose fitting to allow water to be diverted into a second barrel.

The barrels will be available for pickup at the locations listed below, along with the time and date when they go on sale:

  •  For New Castle County residents barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Tuesday, May 22 at the New Castle County District office maintenance yard, 2430 Old County Road, Newark (signs will be posted). For directions to the facility, please visit http://newcastleconservationdistrict.org/ and click on directions at bottom of page.
  •  For Kent County residents, barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Wednesday, May 23 at Polytech High School, 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside (signs will be posted). For directions, please visit http://local.yahoo.com/info-12366682-polytech-high-school-woodside.
  •  For Sussex County residents, barrels will be available for pick-up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or until all barrels are sold) on Thursday, May 24 at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located off Pilottown Road, Lewes. For directions, please visit http://www.swc.dnrec.delaware.gov/Shoreline/Pages/LewesFieldFacility.aspx.

Rain barrels provide an innovative way to capture rainwater from your roof and store it for later use. Water collected from rain barrels can be used for lawns and gardens and for watering indoor plants, or for washing cars.

“Without a rain barrel, the water would run off your roof and become stormwater, picking up pollutants on its way to a storm drain, stream, lake, bay or ocean,” said Environmental Scientist Sharon Webb of the Nonpoint Source Program. “By using a rain barrel, you can lower your water bill, conserve well water in the dry season and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.”

Complementing the rain barrels’ use, Flex Fit Diverters which connect the downspout to the barrel will be available at a discounted price of $19.85. To the view the diverters, please visit http://www.rainbarrelsandmore.com/ .

For transport home, the barrels will fit in the backseat of most cars though not in the trunk so you may want to bring a tarp or blanket to the pick-up location to protect car seats.

For more information, please call Sharon Webb at 302-739-9922, or email sharon.webb@state.de.us.To check on availability during distribution, please call 302-739-9922. Payment must be made by check or money order made out to “State of Delaware.”