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Originally published: 2013-06-26 11:19:24
Last modified: 2013-06-26 11:19:39

Boone giving away rain barrels to water customers

During the months of June, July, August and September the town of Boone will be giving away two rain barrels a month to town water customers.

Winners receive an Ivy 50-gallon rain barrel made in the USA from 50 percent recycled plastic, with two overflow ports, a screened inlet and a locking lid. Names are chosen at random from submitted entry forms that customers received with their June utility bills.

The winners selected for June were Joan Kiser and Joshua Minton.

The average homeowner uses approximately 40 percent of water for outdoor use. A one-inch rainfall on a 1,200 square foot roof will yield more than 700 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel is an excellent way to conserve some of this water.

A quarter-inch runoff from an average roof will easily fill the barrel. If you have five storms a season, that equals 275 gallons of free water. Rain barrel use reduces the stress on municipal water systems during the summer months and improves storm water management.

For more information about the town's water conservation program, call (828) 268-6250.