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Benefits of rain barrels

Do you know what a rain barrel is and how beneficial one can be in your yard? Rain barrels come in all sizes and collect rainwater in a barrel or container from places like your roof downspouts. Otherwise, this rainwater would be considered runoff which can be a problem —causing erosion and flooding. The collected water can be dispensed through a spigot or hose and used on plants in the yard, for washing vehicles and for other household chores. The collected water is ideal for your plants because it is untreated and contains no harsh chemicals. The practice of using rain barrels for water collection is very simple and cost effective, saving gallons of water for homeowners during the hot summer months. If you are interested in learning more about rain barrels and purchasing one for your yard, contact Southside SWCD at (434) 542- 5405. Southside SWCD proudly serves Charlotte and Lunenburg counties.

Sara Pittard DeJarnette is the Program Support Technician for Southside SWCD. She can be reached via email at sara.pittard@vaswcd. org.