Rain Barrels For Sale at Greenfield DPW

With the region still in the throes of a drought, the Greenfield Department of Public Works has begun to sell rain barrels to help conserve water. The 60-gallon barrels are available to residents for purchase at the discounted price of $79 at the DPW office at 189 Wells Street.

“Rain barrels provide an alternate source of water, particularly during droughts, and can reduce residential water bills by up to 40%,” said DPW Recycling Coordinator Janine Greaves. “Use of rain barrels also helps the City manage its water resources by reducing runoff, cutting water demand and saving energy at the treatment plant.”

The rain barrels are made from 100% repurposed materials and can be set up in as little as 5 minutes. They include a hose connection to serve as an easy water source for plants and gardens and a filter screen to keep mosquitoes and debris out.

“As we experience more extreme weather events locally, including floods and droughts, the effects of climate change are becoming more pronounced and our actions can have a big positive impact,” said Greenfield Energy and Sustainability Director Carole Collins. “Given that a quarter-inch rainstorm can typically fill a rain barrel, harvesting and using rainwater on your property is easy and helps to mitigate these effects, reduce pollution and improve local watershed health.”

The DPW office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed on Monday, October 10 for the holiday. More information on the rain barrel program is available by calling the DPW at 413-772-1528.

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