Need a rain barrel? You can buy one through Haywood Waterways Association, the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
These Haywood County groups are selling rain barrels to raise awareness of water conservation. They will be available at the Agricultural Service Center (589 Raccoon Road) on Thursday, Sept. 22 and 29, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The 55-gallon barrels are made from recycled pickle containers. They are fitted with connections for a garden hose, overflow pipes, or to connect multiple barrels in series. The barrels also have a drain and bug screen. The tops can be removed for easy cleaning and maintenance. Display models are at the Chamber of Commerce office (28 Walnut Street, Waynesville) and Cooperative Extension office (589 Raccoon Road) where they can be purchased.
The cost for one barrel is $75 plus tax with proceeds benefiting each organization.
Rain barrels are good for water, and they are a great investment for maintaining healthy gardens and landscaping. During drought they provide a source of water for irrigation and reduce the strain on rivers and wells. By capturing and retaining rainwater they help reduce stormwater impacts when it does rain.