County Community for a Clean Watershed and the Ventura
County Integrated Waste Management Division are
offering 50-gallon, gravity-fed rain barrels and 55-gallon compost bins at
reduced prices. Their rain barrel and compost bin program is designed to
encourage residents to conserve water and recycle garden and food waste.
Residents can use the barrels to capture rainwater
from their home rooftops, which means free access to thousands of gallons of
reusable water. Without a water catch system, the water would typically flow
down streets, into storm drains and out to sea. Water collected by rain barrels
can be used to water trees, gardens and lawns.
your own compost is an easy way to reintroduce healthy nutrients to the soil,
reducing the need for chemical and pesticide use. Adding compost to gardens and
landscapes also promotes root growth and allows the soil to better retain
Rain barrels and
compost bins can be purchased through the programs website, www.rainbarrelprogram.org/venturacounty, using a credit card, or by calling (919) 835-1699. The rain barrel
cost is $75 plus tax and the compost bins are $55 plus tax. To check rain barrel rebate
eligibility, go to www.socalwatersmart.com. The
deadline to order either item is February 4. Supplies are limited.
Barrels and bins can be picked up on
Saturday, February 11 at two locations: Ventura County Government Center
(Parking Lob B and C, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura) and Calleguas Municipal
Water District (2100 E. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks). All barrels and bins must be
pre-purchased. Bring a copy of your email purchase confirmation when picking up.
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