Sponsored by the West Chicago Environmental Commission
The West Chicago Environmental Commission’s annual rain barrel sale is now underway. This active group of volunteers wants fellow residents to know that a quarter-inch of rainfall on an average home is estimated to produce over 200 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an easy and environmentally-friendly way to collect clean water for outdoor use, including watering plants and washing your car.
The barrels are repurposed, industrial-sized food containers that would otherwise be shredded and possibly sent to a landfill. The tops are modified to keep mosquitoes and other pests out while letting the water flow freely into the barrel. A spigot is installed to make water easy to access.
Rain barrels are offered for sale through a partnership between the West Chicago Environmental Commission and The Conservation Foundation. Available barrels hold 55 gallons and come in multiple colors. Prices start as low as $60. There is also a 50 gallon barrel available for $55. Rain barrel accessories and composters are also available.
Rain barrels may be ordered online through May 31, 2017 and picked up on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the West Chicago City Hall Parking Lot, 475 Main Street.
For more information, or to purchase a rain barrel, visit http://upcycle-products.com/westchicagoil.html.