Wow! Alhambra sure did receive a lot of rain in January. Don’t you wish you could have captured some of that rainwater to use in your garden during the coming dry summer months. Now you can by taking advantage of a rain barrel rebate program being offered by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. If you are a resident of Alhambra, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is offering a rebate up to $100 for the purchase of a rain barrel. Each service address is eligible for up to four (4) rain barrels and rebates.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with residential rainwater harvesting, here is a quick primer. A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rain water from downspouts and rooftops for future outdoor watering needs. It is generally sized between 50 and 60 gallons and comes in a wide variety of materials, designs and colors. It is important to note that water from rain barrels should never be used for drinking – only use harvested rainwater for outside landscape purposes. Installing a rain barrel will help create a more sustainable community and environment, and it can reduce your monthly water bill. It takes less than a ½-inch of rainwater to fill a 55-gallon rain barrel and the collected water can be used for all your outdoor water needs. Just don’t drink the collected water!
Here’s how you can get your free rain barrel:
Step 1: Purchase your rain barrel at any hardware store, home and garden store or online. If you buy locally, you will be supporting our local economy.
Step 2: Download, complete and mail in the rebate application along with a copy of the sales receipt and mail it to:
Thinking Green Consultants , P.O. Box 1011 , Truckee, CA 96160
Step 3: Receive a check in approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
For more information call (855) 512 -1221.
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