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The Environmental Commission of the Borough of Westville, Gloucester County, New Jersey, promotes conservation and development of the Borough’s natural resources, study and provides educational leadership in all areas of environmental concern, instill community pride by creating awareness, understanding and appreciation of the environment through education and participation, and make recommendations to the various governing bodies.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels

With a rain barrel for your garden, all that rainwater can be saved. Rain water harvesting is important because it decreases the high demand for domestic water in residential irrigation. By collecting rain water and storing it a rain barrel you’ll have water for future use.

A rain barrel is a large barrel style container that is placed under downspout in an ideal location close to most gardening areas. Most rain barrels have one water inlet, and one faucet style fitting at the bottom of the barrel. The water enters through opening at the top, directly from a shortened downspout. The water remains stored and only accessed out of the barrel via the faucet at the bottom. Gravity provides a low flow and constant pressure that is suitable for soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems.

With rain water being one of the most abundant and consistently available natural resources, the conservation of it is an efficient way to cut down the cost of water usage in the household and help alleviate the burden of imposing water shortages. The placement of a rain barrel underneath the gutters of your home can provide a barrel full of rain water in a downpour, which in turn can be used in practical ways such as watering your flowers and garden or even washing your car. With enough rain water saved up throughout the year, you might rarely use the garden hose for an entire summer.

The benefits of having one does wonders for people who tend to use the garden hose on a liberal basis, saving not just a good chunk of pocket change but also provide fresher and purer natural soft water for your plants.

The Westville Environmental Commission sells rain barrels for $40. Please let us know if you are interested and we can show you how to use it.

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