May 30, 2023

Seekonk Recycling Committee Sponsoring Rain Barrel Sale for Summer 2023

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During the summer of 2022, all of Massachusetts was experiencing drought conditions for the first time in more than seven years, with 40% in the extreme drought category. Boston which normally relies on 3.27 inches of rain in July, got only 0.62 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Droughts create challenges for local water supply by reducing surface water storage and the recharge of groundwater supplies, including private wells. Severe droughts can actually make both rainfall and flash flooding more severe, creating weather whiplash events. The quick and heavy rainstorms that we sporadically have make it impossible for the water to penetrate into the soil which has become rock hard. The rainwater ends up as runoff-and not being absorbed back into the ground where it is needed.

““We are encouraging residents to use rain barrels as part of a water conservation program. Rainwater can be used for watering gardens, lawns, washing cars, and many other non-potable purposes. Rainwater is not chlorinated, so it's great for plants and lawns. Whether you get your water from municipal water supply or private well, using rainwater reduces water demand. Collected rainwater helps during times of drought and aids in controlling runoff during heavy rains.  When rain arrives in torrents, diverting some into rain barrels helps to slow runoff and limits erosion. We are partnering with the Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer this rain barrel opportunity! It’s a win-win for the community and the homeowner..” William Kirchmann Recycling Coordinator Town of Seekonk

To find out more about the barrels and to participate in The Great American Rain Barrel Program, please visit:
www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/community/   and select your town. Barrels are offered from $80-$89, use code SEE23 for a $40 discount on your first barrel (limited to Seekonk residents only). Barrels will be available for pickup on Saturday, July 8th 9-11am Seekonk DPW 871 Taunton Ave, Seekonk Deadline for ordering is June 25th, Midnight.

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