By Sadie Hunter
With Earth Day approaching on April 22, the City of Noblesville is once again offering Noblesville residents and business owners discounted rain barrels for their homes and businesses.
The barrels collect and store rainwater that can later be used for irrigation for gardens, lawns and landscaping, washing cars, showering, laundry and more.
Rain barrels are designed to keep bugs and outdoor debris away from the water
Typically, the barrels cost approximately $80 or more, but a partnership between the City of Noblesville’s Clean Storm Water Program and the Hamilton Co. Soil & Water Conservation District will offer the barrels for $30, while supplies last.
City officials say, in order to qualify for this discount, a resident or business owner must provide a City of Noblesville Wastewater Utility bill that shows his or her name and address and take one or more of the online clean water improvement pledges at www.clearchoicescleanwater.org. Rain barrels are limited to one per address.
“This is the fourth year we have partnered with the Soil & Water Conservation District to offer low cost rain barrels to Noblesville residents and businesses. Capturing rain water to use for gardening is not only good for your plants, but it also saves you money and helps to conserve drinking water,” Noblesville Storm Water Coordinator Tim Stottlemyer stated. “Rainwater stored in rain barrels is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of storm water runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm drains, creeks and rivers.”
Rain barrels will be available for pickup from noon to 6 p.m. May 13 at the Hamilton Co. Soil & Water Conservation District office, 1717 Pleasant St., Suite 100, Noblesville.
For more, contact the Hamilton Co. Soil & Water Conservation District at 317-773-2181, or visit www.hamiltonswcd.org.