Lexington is once again partnering with Great American Rain Barrel to offer Lexington residents an opportunity to purchase a rain barrel at a discounted rate with convenient in Town pickup. You must preorder online through the Great American Rain Barrel website by August 30th. Information below.
How a Rain Barrel Can Help the Environment
- Reduces runoff and non-point source pollution. Rain barrels capture rainwater from the roof that would otherwise become runoff. Stormwater runoff picks up pollutants such as soil, lawn fertilizers, pesticides, trash, animal waste, road salts, chemicals, etc. and transports them to waterways. These pollutants impair waterways and can harm aquatic life and human health.
- Stormwater is precipitation, including both rain and snow, that flows across the land.
A Rain Barrel Also:
- Reduces erosion and flooding: Increased amounts of stormwater runoff increases erosion and flooding. Capturing some of the water will reduce velocity and peak flows.
- Saves drinking water resources and money. According to the US EPA, 30% of daily water use is used outdoors. Using the rain barrel's stored water around the landscape saves water resources and reduces the amount of water purchased from municipal sources.
To find out more about the barrels and to participate in The Great American Rain Barrel Program, please visit: www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/ and select your town. Barrels are offered at $79 for painted and $74 for unpainted. Barrels will be available for pick up on September 10th 9:00am-11:00am at the Lexington Compost Facility, 60 Hartwell Ave, Lexington. Deadline for purchase is, August 30th, Midnight.
About the Great American Rain Barrel
The Great American Rain Barrel is a local food importing company that has been repurposing shipping drums into Rain Barrels since 1988. The Great American Rain Barrel Co. has been an approved vendor by the MASS DEP since 2010.