Collecting rain water makes good sense not only to the environment and your pocketbook, but it is a benefit to your lawn and garden. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that a rain a barrel will save most gardeners about 1,300 gallons of water during the hot summer months. For every inch of rain on 500 square feet of roof, approximately 300 gallons of water can be collected.
A rain barrel discount program for City of Ventura residents is available through Environmental Sustainability and Ventura Water. Working in cooperation with Smith Pipe and Supply at 3060 Sherwin Avenue in Ventura, the Channel/Bushman 60-gallon rain barrel with a retail value of $85.oo will be available for $42.oo plus tax at their store with a Rain Barrel Discount Voucher. Along with the voucher, proof of Ventura residency such as a Ventura Water bill or other utility bill or document that shows a City of Ventura address (not a driver’s license) must be shown to receive the discount. Two rain barrel discounts are available per residential address with the voucher. Additional rain barrels may be purchased at the full retail price. The rain barrel is for non-potable water use only. Vouchers are available through Environmental Sustainability by calling 652-4584 or printed directly from the website. This program is subject to availability of supply and while funds last.
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