The Dickinson County Department of Environmental Services in conjunction with the WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies) Coordinator has assembled rain barrels complete with hardware, for sale for $45. Youth throughout the area have been involved in the learning and construction of these barrels.
If interested in purchasing a barrel, please contact the Environmental Services Office, (785) 263-4780, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Limit 2 Barrels per Household
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater for exterior uses like lawn and garden watering. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally flow through your downspout, onto a paved surface, and eventually into a storm drain.
Rainwater harvesting is always beneficial, whether the water is used to water one houseplant or an entire garden.
In the heat of the summer, nearly 40% of household water is used for outdoor watering.
The water savings from using stored rainwater rather than municipal or well water can be substantial over a period of time.
Rainwater may be better for flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and lawns.
$35 per Compost Barrel
Compost is the single most important supplement you can give your garden soil.
Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil. It's also free, easy to make, and good for the environment.
Dickinson County Environmental Services has compost barrels available to purchase for $35.