Rain barrels decrease one’s water consumption from municipal supplies thus lowering water bills. Collected rainwater can be used to irrigate lawns, water landscaping or wash cars; they also reduce stormwater runoff lessening the impact on storm sewers.
While the price of barrels in most garden catalogs is up to $140, River Action sells 60-gallon rain barrels for $70. Along with the barrel, a galvanized diverter to connect with a downspout, a spigot to connect to a garden hose and an overflow spigot are included. For more information, or to order a rain barrel for your home or business, go to www.riveraction.org or call (563) 322-2969.