For a limited time, the 50-gallon Ivy Rain Barrels from Rainwater Solutions can be purchased at a special discount price. A portion of these funds will support environmental education in The Woodlands area with college scholarships, library donations, lectures, field trips, and other environmental education activities.
This offer is provided by The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N., a non-profit environmental
education network founded in The Woodlands by residents in 1990.
Discounted Price: $85*
*with WJPA rebate: $42.50
Deadlines for Ordering & Instructions for Pick-Up
ORDERING — Orders can be submitted on-line until 11:00 pm, Sunday, November 5th
PICK-UP – Saturday, November 11th, 9:00 am to Noon
Rain Barrels will be available for pick up at the 3R Bazaar event
Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Services Building
8203 Millennium Forest Drive
[Click HERE for map]
Why purchase a rain barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that captures and stores rainwater draining from your roof. Barrels usually range from 50 to 80 gallons and have a spigot for filling watering cans and a connection for a soaker hose. Combining the use of rain barrels with appropriate plant selection and mulching promotes water conservation. Rain barrels benefit your home, garden and community.
What Are the Benefits of Rain Barrels?
Rain barrels provide free irrigation for your garden and reduce harmful runoff into streams, rivers and lakes.
Rain barrels save homeowners money on their water bills. According to the Woodlands Joint Power Agency, lawn irrigation accounts for 50 to 80% of water used. Rain barrels provide a free water source for irrigation and ease reliance on water supply.
Healthy Plants and Soil
Tap water contains inorganic ions and fluoride compounds that accumulate in the soil over time and potentially harm plant roots and microorganisms in the soil. Rainwater does not contain the same additives found in tap water. It benefits plants in your garden by cleaning the soil of salt buildup, thereby promoting an environment conducive to root development.
Reduction of Runoff
Rain barrels help reduce the flow of storm runoff. When it rains, runoff picks up soil, fertilizer, oil, pesticides and other contaminants from hard surfaces and landscapes. Storm runoff is not treated and flows directly into streams, lakes and other bodies of water nearby. Runoff fertilizers increase algae growth in lakes, and excess soil alters the habitat for fish. Bacteria can even make lakes and oceans dangerous for recreational activities. Rain barrels capture water that would have swept over a paved surface or lawn, thereby minimizing runoff pollutants.