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Discounted Rain Barrels Available to Utahns to Help Drought of 2022

Post Date:03/16/2022

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Discounted Rain Barrels Available to Utahns to Help Drought of 2022

Collecting Rainwater Incentivized by 11 Municipalities Across Three Counties

 

The Utah Rivers Council is proud to announce the highly anticipated return of our popular RainHarvest rain barrel program. With the 2022 drought weighing heavily on Utahns, more municipalities than ever have signed up to incentivize their residents to purchase discounted rain barrels and collect rainwater at their homes, reducing demand on local water supplies and improving water quality.

Residents of Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Cottonwood Heights, Murray, Taylorsville, Herriman, Lehi, Orem, Park City, and Summit County and customers of Mountain Regional Water can purchase rain barrels for a greatly subsidized price of just $55, while supplies last. Residents can order discounted rain barrels at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/urc.

To purchase discounted rain barrels in these communities, individuals must go through a registration and verification process to ensure they are a resident of a participating municipality. Rain barrels are also available for just $83 for residents outside of these municipal boundaries.  Both prices are a significant discount from the American-made barrel’s $139.99 retail price. Purchased rain barrels will be delivered to several locations where residents will pick up their barrels after the sale closes in late-April. 

“The rain barrel program has been embraced by the Millcreek community as a water conservation measure to protect our precious water supplies,” said Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini.  “Millcreek residents love the idea that they can make a difference in their own backyards” said Silvestrini.

Rain barrels are one of many tools Utahns can use to reduce their water use. Over 5,700 barrels have been purchased through the Utah Rivers Council’s RainHarvest program over the last seven years, meaning every time it rains enough to fill a 50-gallon barrel, 285,000 gallons of water can be saved from municipal water supplies.

“Rainwater collection can be used for many outdoor purposes, including watering gardens and landscapes rather than allowing water runoff,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “What a simple way for residents to learn about water conservation and make a difference one barrel at a time!” said Overson.

Capturing rainwater also improves water quality by preventing urban runoff from flowing over streets and gutters and washing pollutants into streams and eventually the Great Salt Lake. The environmentally friendly program uses the Ivy Rainbarrel, made in the U.S. of 100% recycled plastic.

“This program is a unique way to work toward goals in our city Sustainability Plan,” said Cottonwood Heights Associate Planner and Sustainability Analyst Samantha DeSeelhorst. “Although its primary focus is water conservation, we also appreciate the way it sources recycled materials and connects residents with sustainability in their own backyards,” said DeSeelhorst.

Rain barrels give residents the opportunity to become stewards of water conservation through a hands-on experience that past participants have said completely changed their perspective on water.

“Our community listened last year when we asked them to conserve water,” said Lisa Hoffman, Assistant General Manager of Mountain Regional Water in Summit County. “This year Mountain Regional Water is excited to participate in the RainHarvest program to help our customers and their families continue their conservation efforts,” said Hoffman.

“We are excited to be part of the rain barrel program in our area,” said Sherrie Ohrn of Herriman City Council. “We recognize the critical need to conserve water and believe every step we take is a step toward achieving our conservation goals.”

After the sale ends on April 23rd, residents who purchased rain barrels can pick them up at a designated date and location where volunteers will be on site to teach participants about the importance of rainwater harvesting and other water conservation strategies.

We're living amidst unprecedented drought and utilizing rain barrels to water our gardens and lawns is a straightforward, low-cost and convenient way to conserve water,” said Park City Councilor Max Doilney. “We must do what we can to conserve water. Any effort we make to do so, no matter how small, counts,” said Doilney.

We’ve saved millions of gallons of water through this program over the last seven years” said Zach Frankel, Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council. “These eleven municipalities are leading us on a path through this megadrought that all Utahns need to follow. We are grateful to them for this leadership,”said Frankel.

 

For more information call 801-699-1856

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