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Rain Barrels Are Here and Going Fast!

IvyRainBarrelsRain barrels are here and going fast! If you have not yet reserved an Ivy® Rain Barrel, you can still do so as another order has been placed due to the high demand. Rain barrels can help conserve water by collecting runoff from your roof to be re-used for watering plants and other non-potable purposes. This also prevents runoff from collecting pollutants before going into storm drains.

Retailing at around $150 each, the Township purchased the 50-gallon “Ivy” Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they are now being sold to residents for only $36, saving residents over $100 per barrel.

WaterWise Montclair will help you save water. For more information, or to order your Ivy® Rain Barrel, contact Gray Russell at the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721 or email grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

After scheduling an appointment, rain barrels will be purchased and collected at the Water Bureau’s offices, 54 Watchung Avenue, Montclair, 07043; checks should be made payable to “Township of Montclair”.

For additional water conservation tips, visit the township website here.

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Montclair Launches WaterWise Conservation Effort

Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program for Gray-rain-barrelsresidents, institutions, businesses, and municipal operations – WaterWise Montclair – with the goal of reducing water consumption in our community.

By conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

The Montclair Water Bureau and Office of Environmental Affairs have teamed up to take the first step, offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Rain barrels are a great way to capture rain, a source of clean water, and use it on your own property. Instead of channeling the rain on the roof into gutters and downspouts, and letting it flow down our driveways and over the ground, into the street and then down the municipal storm drains — picking up pollutants as it flows — to finally enter our local waterways as stormwater runoff, rain can instead be diverted into your rain barrel and then used for watering plants and irrigating your garden, conserving your use of drinking water.

Using rain barrels this way is also a stormwater management technique known as “green infrastructure” — using simple low-cost measures to reduce or slow runoff in order to prevent flooding and improve the quality of our water resources.

WaterWise Montclair will help you save water. For more information, or to order your Ivy® Rain Barrel, contact the office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721 or email grussell@montclairnjusa.org.

Reposted from the Township Website