We've recently partnered with Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC) to bring you a limtited time opportunity. If you sign up for two or more trees on your property this spring, you are eligible for a free rain barrel from the Great American Rain Barrel (TGARB) Company!
Note, that we are seperate from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commissions annual rain barrel sale. If you qualify for a free rain barrel, a GGCP Forester will take your order when they do a site visit with you. If you would like to buy a rain barrel from SWSC, please visit their site at http://waterandsewer.org/education-and-community/rain-barrel-program/
This promotion will end Friday, May 10, 2019 so contact us to schedule a site visit before then. Barrels will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm at SWSC's Operation Center, 71 Colton Street, Springfield.
In New England, residential water usage can increase as much as 60% during the spring, summer and fall seasons due to outdoor watering needs such as watering gardens and lawns, filling pools, and washing cars. Rain barrels are a low-cost conservation alternative to supplement some of these seasonal water needs. In addition, rain barrels capture rain water that might otherwise have flowed into storm drains, reducing combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges into waterways.
The rain barrel works by capturing rain water from rooftops and collecting it in a 60-gallon barrel. The barrel is retro-fitted with a spigot for distributing water for outdoor uses such as watering the lawn and garden, or car washing.
Its only takes a ¼-inch of rainfall to fill the 60-gallon rain barrel when connected to a household gutter. In Massachusetts, it rains 130 days per year on average. If the rain barrel is used during half of those 130 days, then it will collect 3,900 gallons of water per year. That’s a savings of approximately $40 in tap water. For those who regularly water lawns and gardens, a $69 investment on a rain barrel will easily pay for itself in two to three years.