Rain Barrels and Composters
The 2019 sale has ended. Check back in the spring of 2020.
This is the year to finally capture the free rain water from your roof to water your garden. It’s also the year to make free “black gold” compost from your kitchen scraps and yard waste. The WaterSmart Program through the North and South Rivers Watershed Association is selling rain barrels from the Great American Rain Barrel Company and composters from Earth Machine.
The rain barrels, which cost $85.00, and composters, which cost $70, are now on sale. The sale will continue through Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and all orders must be in at that time. They will be available for pickup on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 3-6pm or thereafter, at the NSRWA office, 214 South Street, Norwell.
The Rain Barrel Sale is sponsored by WaterSmartSouth Shore. WaterSmart is a nonprofit partnership between the NSRWA and 12 towns on the South Shore: Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate and Weymouth. Our programs are based on the belief that education is key. Since its creation, WaterSmart has educated thousands of local school-age children, adults, and businesses on water conservation, stormwater pollution, where their water comes from, and how to care for it.
Rain barrels, which hold 60 gallons of water, are manufactured in the USA from recycled shipping drums that last virtually forever. Each comes complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw on cover, and a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering can or a garden hose. The rain barrel arrives with simple instructions for fast and easy installation. Barrels are easily connected to downspouts and fill quickly.
“Rain barrels can help homeowners manage rising water costs, save their vegetation from drought conditions and help communities protect their aquifers.” — Suzanne Gebelein, the Great American Rain Barrel Company
Keeping a small 10’ x 10’ garden irrigated during the summer months can mean using up to 1,700 gallons of water. The Great American Rain Barrel Company recommends one barrel for every 100 sq. ft. garden. Multiple barrels are easily linked together for additional collection and storage. In our region, we typically get 16” of rain from May 1–September 30. An average roof of 2,400 sq. ft. could see more than 20,000 gallons of fresh rainwater splashing over its surface during that time – a significant source of water you can tap into for FREE.
Click here to preorder rain barrels. You must select state (MA) and organization (North and South Rivers Watershed Association)