DNREC will sell rain barrels May 9 in Lewes

May 5, 2014

The Nonpoint Source Program in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has announced an additional date in Sussex County for Delaware residents to purchase remaining rain barrels at a discounted price. Barrels will be available for pickup between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Friday, May 9, or until sold out, at DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp at 901 Pilottown Road.

The 50- to 55-gallon granite-colored barrels are made from 25 to 35 percent recycled content. Regular retail price for these heavy-duty plastic rain barrels is $120 or more. However, by purchasing a large quantity of barrels, the Nonpoint Source Program can offer them to the public for $57.88 each. Payment can be made by check or money order to State of Delaware.

To encourage water conservation and promote wise use of water throughout the state, the Nonpoint Source Program encourages Delawareans to consider using rain barrels. Rain barrels are an innovative way to capture rainwater from a roof and store it for later use. Water collected from rain barrels can be used to wash cars, and water lawns, flower gardens and indoor plants.

“Without a rain barrel, rain water would run off your roof and become stormwater, picking up pollutants on its way to a storm drain, stream, lake, bay or ocean,” said environmental scientist Sharon Webb of the division’s Nonpoint Source Program. “By using a rain barrel, you can lower your water bill, conserve well water in the dry season and reduce polluted stormwater runoff.”

The Nonpoint Source Program does not plan to offer rain barrels for purchase next year, Webb added. “We have some rain barrels left following the sale dates earlier in April, and we want to give residents another chance to purchase them,” she said.

Rain barrels come with all the components for quick and easy installation. Customers simply drill a small hole in their downspout (hole-saw bit included with purchase) and insert the barrel’s FlexiFit diverter. No horizontal cuts in the downspout are required; no additional parts, such as elbows or extensions, must be purchased. The included cover also makes winterizing simple.

For more information, call the Nonpoint Source Program at 302-739-9922, or email To check on availability during distribution, call 302-739-9922.

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