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Reasons to Harvest Rain Water

Protect rivers and streams from runoff pollution

Divert water from the municipal storm drain system

Conserve this vital natural resource and reduce your water bills

Use rain water to grow healthy and lush plants

Control moisture levels around the foundation of your home

Originally published: 2014-04-02 11:32:59
Last modified: 2014-04-02 11:33:44

Order discounted rain barrels by May 30

by Staff Reports

The annual rain barrel sale is under way in Watauga County, and the order deadline is May 30.

The town of Boone, Watauga County Cooperative Extension and the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to provide rain barrels to the community at a reduced cost.

According to the town, the barrels typically cost $129, but are available for $75 through this sale. The pickup day will be June 5.

"Rain water in the High Country represents a high quality source of water available to us; there is no reason we should let it flow away without using it," said Wendy Patoprsty, a Watauga County extension agent.

Natural groundwater can take a long time to be replenished. Depending on the landscape, water can take anywhere from one year to 1,000 years to infiltrate into the aquifers, the town said.

In addition to water conservation, rain barrels provide several benefits to area residents.

"Harvesting rain water prevents water from pooling around the foundation of your home and helps prevent erosion," said Lane Weiss of the town of Boone Water Conservation Program. "This harvested water can be used for various purposes, including washing your dog, watering gardens, rinsing tools and washing cars and windows."

Janie Poe of the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District added that "rain barrels are a great way to water your plants and shrubs or your raised bed veggie gardens. They are so simple a kid can use them."

The rain barrels available for purchase are made in North Carolina from 100 percent recycled plastic, are designed not to crack and split when frozen and are mosquito proof. In addition, the overflow setup is designed to withstand heavy rains to prevent water backing up into gutters, and the barrel has optional flow direction with the capability to attach multiple barrels.

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For more information, call (828) 264-3061 (Cooperative Extension), (828) 268-6250 (town of Boone) or (828) 264-0842 (Watauga County Soil and Water).