“Get Your “Every Drop Counts” Green Your Green On Open Line article for October 12, 2011

Every Drop Counts!

By Christine Wied

Last week we had our first taste of rain for the season. If you have the space, this is a good time to consider a rain barrel to save money along with water. Although one or two rain barrels will only be a supplement to yard irrigation needs, there are still advantages and savings to using one.

  • If you have areas near downspouts that flood or accumulate water near the foundation of your house, a rain barrel may help divert the water.
  • Plants love naturally soft water from the rain. A rain barrel provides supply especially during the dry summer months.
  • Outdoor water use is between 25% and 58% of overall domestic water needs. Rainwater harvesting can reduce the demand and save our water supply for drinking water.
  • Instead of rainwater rushing off to our rivers and ocean, the collected water used later around the garden will be absorbed more slowly into the ground, replenishing groundwater supplies.
  • By decreasing the volume of storm runoff, rain barrels can help moderate stream and riverbed erosion.
  • Stormwater can carry pollutants such as the oil and dirt from our cars, pesticides and herbicides used in a yard, as well as green waste and litter that accumulate in the gutter. By capturing some of the rain you reduce stormwater runoff and some pollution issues.

If a rain barrel is of interest to you, check out the one-day Backyard Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the County of Ventura Government Center, Hall of Administration Parking lot, 800 S. Victoria Avenue. This sale is made possible through the County of Ventura Integrated Waste Management Division along with other County Departments and cities such as Ventura. The $120.00 value Systern rain barrel will be sold for $57.00. The Earth Machine Compost Bins will also be available for $43.00.  Sales are on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. The event will be held rain or shine. Checks, as well as MasterCard, VISA and Discover cards will be accepted.

Contact: Christine Wied, cwied@cityofventura.net

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