There is an old play song that I loved when I was a child. All about being jolly friends together after climbing apple trees and sliding down rain barrels.
In June I read an article about a woman in the Burns Park neighborhood, calling out to all her neighbors to become green friends together. She proposed that an old-fashioned rain barrel could help us water our gardens and conserve water at the same time. The article made me think of my grandmother who used her barrels to wash clothes and her hair!
The idea quickly spread to other neighborhoods. Some interest is driven by a desire to save water and some by need to save money (the City is raising its rates this July).
Because of the anticipated demand, the City, the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner and the Huron River Watershed Council have partnered to offer a special deal on rain barrels.
The special price is $75 (tax included). Compare that to retail prices of $114.95 and more. You must pre-pay to order and there is a limit of 10 per household. This order is open to all, including stores that want to sell them.
The truckload will be delivered to the Huron High parking lot on Sunday September 9, 2007 from 1-4 p.m. This will be your only chance to pick up your rain barrel.
The first order will be for 500 rain barrels. So if you are interested, contact HRWC at 734/769-5123 x 20 or email@example.com. Or go online to order.