Imagine Grinnell is collaborating with the City of Grinnell and Upcycle Products to sell rain barrels again in August. The 55 gallon Upcycle rain barrels are made from re-cycled food grade barrels and are available in Black, Grey, Blue, or Terra-Cotta. There are two other options: a 30 gallon Blue Barrel or a 54 gallon Oak Wooden Barrels with a Brass Spigot.
How to Order
Please visit Upcycle Products to order your rain barrel or barrels. There is no limit to the number of barrels you can order.
Orders are due by Friday, August 23rd and items will be available for pickup on Thursday, August 29th from noon to 1pm in the Ahrens Park Parking Lot. 1510 Penrose St Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase information.
Questions can be directed to Sarah Smith, Executive Director of Imagine Grinnell at 641-236-5518 ext 223 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or UpCycle Products at 815-735-9583.
What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams.
What are the Advantages of a Rain Barrel?
It Saves You Money
A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water).
Helps Reduce Stormwater Pollution
Rainwater stored in rain barrels helps reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollutants that are picked up and carried to storm sewers, creeks and rivers.
Conserves Water Supply Resources
Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. Rainwater used from rain barrels helps reduce the amount of water used from underground aquifers.
Better for Plants and Gardens
Rainwater stored in rain barrels is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild thrive on!
Helps Inform Your Neighbors
One of the best reasons to start harvesting rainwater with rain barrels is to teach and encourage others to do the same, You will help to spread the culture of rainwater collection and in turn, help your larger community and the environment.