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Colorado Springs organization to offer rain barrels at big discount

August 17, 2016 Updated: August 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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Residents may purchase Ivy brand rain barrels at a discounted price for a limited time through The Pikes Peak Greenway Fund. To learn more, visit rainbarrelprogram.org/cos. Photo courtesy of The Greenway Fund.

A local environmental organization is offering a water conservation tool at a discounted price.

The Colorado Springs-based Greenway Fund announced Wednesday that it will offer rain barrels that usually retail at $129 for $75 through Sept. 25.

Rainwater collection became legal in Colorado last week, allowing residents to have up to two rain barrels. The barrels connect to a home's downspout, capturing water that falls on the rooftop, which would otherwise become runoff contributing to the risk of flooding and erosion. The water can instead be used in gardens and lawns or to wash cars and pets, the Greenway Fund suggests.

The Ivy brand barrels, manufactured by Rain Water Solutions, are made of recycled plastic and can hold up to 50 gallons of water, the organization said.

"This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards," Allison Plute, who serves on the Greenway Fund's board, said in a statement. "The use of rain barrels will provide residents the tools they need to conserve water, prevent water pollution, and reduce sedimentation in our lakes, rivers and streams."

A limited number of the rain barrels are available. Orders can be placed at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/cos and must be picked up between 8 and 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Legacy Loop Trailhead near the corner of West Fontanero Street and Recreation Way just east of Interstate 25.

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Contact Gazette Reporter Rachel Riley: 636-0108

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