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Saugus, MA promotes water conservation, sustainability through rain barrel giveaway

 
Saugus, MA – The Town of Saugus Planning and Development Department and Department of Public Works, in conjunction with the Great American Rain Barrel Company, recently announced that 25 Saugus residents won free rain barrels, each with a retail value of $119. The giveaway is part of the town’s “Saugus Saves the Rain” initiative, which aims to reduce water consumption and reduce the amount of stormwater entering the town’s sewer system.

Rain barrels are an excellent way to accomplish these goals, as well as to help lower water bills and curb water usage during droughts. Each rain barrel captures up to 60 gallons of rain, filling quickly with just an eighth-inch of rain. Rain barrels can individually capture thousands of gallons of water each year that residents can use for lawns and gardens instead of having it flow into the sewer system..

“We are excited to offer residents an easy way to collect and save water, and to help manage their water costs,” said Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree. “If every home in Saugus has just one rain barrel, our community could potentially eliminate 660,000 gallons of runoff for every eighth-inch of rain. It’s a significant source of water that residents can be using for free, and the widespread use of rain barrels could help reduce the town’s long-term sewer management costs. The barrels can also help address the systemic stormwater infrastructure challenges, in turn resulting in the reduction of taxpayers’ expenses.”

The installation of rain barrels requires minimum work and little maintenance. Each barrel is 39 inches tall and 24 inches in diameter, and weighs 20 pounds when empty. Each rain barrel comes with an overflow elbow and spigot, and residents simply connect a hose in the spigot of the rain barrel for use watering lawns and gardens.

Saugus residents filled out a lottery form, requiring proof of address, in order to enter the giveaway and winners were announced Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

For more information on the Great American Rain Barrel Company, visit www.GreatAmericanRainBarrel.com.

News article: Town of Saugus Promotes Water Conservation, Sustainability through Rain Barrel Giveaway

For additional information:
Krista Leahy, Saugus Town Planner, kleahy@saugus-ma.gov

For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) site and C4S Toolkit.