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April showers bring half-off Columbia rain barrels

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 4:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —  Columbia Public Works has partnered with Rain Water Solutions for the second year to offer residents half-priced rain barrels.

The Ivy-brand rain barrels, which normally sell for $129, went on pre-sale Wednesday for $65. The kits include:

  • a 50-gallon plastic barrel
  • a pre-plumbed, quarter-turn spigot
  • an overflow tube

Orders can be placed at comorainbarrel.com and will be accepted until 11 p.m. on May 29, according to a release from Columbia Public Works. Buyers do not have to be Columbia residents.

Kits can be picked up between noon and 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, 1005 W. Worley St. Late orders will not be accepted, but extra barrels will be for sale at the pick-up location.

The kits are on display at:

  • City Hall, 701 East Broadway, main lobby
  • Boone County Government Center, 801 East Walnut St., main lobby
  • Makes Scents, 19 S. Ninth St., in the display window

More than 500 barrels were purchased during last year's sale, said Mike Heimos, the city's stormwater educator. He hopes to double that number this year. 

"I personally use the Ivy rain barrels," he said. "They are a natural and economical way to conserve water consumption around your house." 

Seventy percent of water use happens in the home, Heimos said.

"The harvested water is a ready resource" he said.

More information about the barrels is available on the rain barrel program Web page.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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