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Rain barrels are catching on

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Congratulations to Phyllis Lange of Sutherland, who was the winner of a rain barrel from the Cherokee Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) at this year's Cherokee County Ag Show. Photo contributed
Spring is just about here and with spring comes spring rains. Now is the time to be thinking about catching some of that rain before it ends up down our storm drains.

Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it to water plants or wash your car. It provides an ample supply of free "soft water" to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing.

Saving water not only helps the environment, it saves you money and energy. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams and lakes. A rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use. The Cherokee Soil and Water Conservation District has rain barrels for sale.

If interested please contact the Cherokee SWCD at 712-225-4151 or stop in at 314 Lake Street, Cherokee. Proceeds go towards the District's conservation education program.



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