High Country Rain Barrel Sale

Article Published: Mar. 31, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
High Country Rain Barrel Sale

Town of Boone program coordinator Lane Weiss displays a rain barrel. The town, Watauga Cooperative Extension and Watauga Soil and Water Conservation are offering low-cost rain barrels to interested residents. File photo

It's beginning to look a lot like spring, and during this time, many people start planning their gardens.

Local officials are encouraging folks to work with rain barrels to help promote garden health, as well as that of the planet. Rain barrels keep in naturally occurring nutrientsa that help fertilize water and conserve treated water for potable uses.

The town of Boone, Watauga County Cooperative Extension and the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to provide rain barrels to the community at a reduced cost.

In order to enjoy savings, participants must order their barrel online before May 28. Barrels are offered at discounted rates due to bulk purchasing and delivery. They typically cost $149, but Watauga is receiving them for $100. The pickup day will be June 2. To order a barrel, visit: http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/watauga-county.

These rain barrels are manufactured in North Carolina out of 100-percent recycled plastic. They are black, which reduces any algae issues, have two spigot locations and two overflow options. They are easy to assemble, mosquito-proof and have a three-year warranty. To see a rain barrel up close, they are on display at Boone Public Works, located at 321 E. King St., and the Agricultural Services building at 971 W. King St.

For more information call Cooperative Extension at (828) 264-3061, Boone Public Works at (828) 268-6250, or Watauga Soil and Water at (828) 264-0842.

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