Riverkeeper offering discounted rain barrels

Barrels and compost bins used to conserve water resources

Author: Stacey Readout, Executive Producer, sreadout@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 17 2014 09:06:42 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 09:10:00 AM EST
Riverkeeper rain barrels
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The St. Johns Riverkeeper is launching a new program that offers rain barrels and compost bins at a discounted price to encourage people to conserve water resources.

The rain barrels and compost bins can be purchased directly through the program's website using a credit card.

There will also be a limited number of rain barrels and bins on the day of the sale as a first-come, first-served basis.  The Riverkeeper encourages people to order now to ensure they get a barrel and bin.

The normal retail is $119 each but through this special promotion, they're only $70 each.

You can order now for a March 1st pick-up at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens at 829 Riverside Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Quantities are limited.

“This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards” says Shannon Blankinship with the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

The rain barrel captures rainwater from rooftops by connecting to the downspout of your home.  This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants.

Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, to wash cars and pets.  

Compost bins are designed to be used to break down yard waste as well as kitchen scraps to produce compost.  The compost can be a soil additive and natural fertilizer.