THE GREAT AMERICAN RAIN BARREL
After the fourth driest summer in 2022, and the fourth wettest summer in 2021, the summer of 2023 was the second-wettest on record in Boston, with 20 inches of rain in three months. And heavy rains seem to be coming more often. When it rains too much in a matter of hours, Massachusetts towns and cities are struggling to handle all of the water.
This past summer, many communities reported several inches of rain within just a few hours. On August 8, more than 6 inches of rain fell on parts of Massachusetts. Drivers were stranded in their cars. There were hundreds of no swimming days at our beaches this summer. Heavy rains sent bacteria-laden stormwater into the ocean. By October 2, there had been only 5 rain-free weekends since Memorial Day.
Northeast storms have brought at least 1.5 inches of heavy rain in a day and are expected to surge in the coming decades.
HOW TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Educating and encouraging local residents to use a rain barrel is one of the many ways homeowners can be part of the solution. A rain barrel can collect the runoff from roofs and gutters preventing the rain from making its way to impervious surfaces, which often end up in local streams, rivers, pond, lakes and marine waters. Keeping and using rain water on your property helps reduce pollution, erosion and improves local watershed health.
A 500 square foot roof can fill a properly installed 50-gallon rain barrel in about one hour.
A modest amount of rainfall can supply much or all of the outdoor watering needs - a full rain barrel will water a 200-square-foot garden.
During severe drought, rain barrels can provide an additional source of water
According to the US EPA, 30% of daily water use is outdoors. The EPA also states that rain barrels have the ability to save the average homeowner 1300 gallons of water annually. Using the rain barrel's stored water around the landscape saves water resources and reduces the amount of water purchased from municipal sources.
Rain water is "soft," or free from minerals and chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, and calcium often present in municipal water. Rainwater is considered ideal for watering plants or washing cars and windows.
How to Purchase Your Rain Barrel:
Rain Barrels are available for purchase by residents at the discounted price of $89.00.
How to Order: https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/, Select Town and State
Pickup: Saturday, May 18th 9:00am-12:00noon Longmeadow DPW at 170 Dwight Rd. Longmeadow MA. 01106
Deadline: May 5th, Midnight.