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Alachua County Hosting a Rain Barrel Sale

Press release from Alachua County

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is pleased to announce they are now offering Ivy rain barrels at a discounted price to encourage residents to conserve precious water resources and to protect water quality.

The retail price is $129.00, but through this special promotion, Ivy Rain Barrels are on sale for $75. The rain barrels must be purchased directly through the program’s website using a credit card by December 6, 2020.

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Ivy rain barrels are made in the USA of 100% recycled plastic. The dimensions are 42.5″ high x 22″ wide by 18″ long. All parts are included (including a 3/4″ ball valve, which connects to a garden hose).Rain barrels will be available for pick up on December 12, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center (5125 N.E. 63rd Ave., 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road). While picking up rain barrels, visitors can take the opportunity to drop off hazardous wastes such as paints, CFLs, broken holiday light strings, and old electronics at the collection center. This will be a drive-thru event, and masks will be required.

Rain barrels capture rainwater from rooftops that would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flooding. Water collected can be used for watering landscape plants and can help conserve water for our springs and rivers. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a positive impact on stormwater management and water quality.

“This program is an important step toward protecting water in our community from stormwater pollution, because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards,” says Water Resources Program Manager Stacie Greco. “They also make great holiday gifts.”