San Diego County residents have until March 5th at 11:00pm to purchase discounted rain barrels online at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/sandiego. The County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program and Solana Center for Environmental Innovation have teamed up to offer the barrels for only $90.
Purchased rain barrels will be ready for pick-up on March 11th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, at 10354 Channel Road in Lakeside (Directions). Print your purchase confirmation email and bring it with you to pick up your barrel(s).
The county’s webpage at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/sandiego features a video on how to install your rain barrel and a list of the barrel’s features. The 50 gallon rain barrels are made in the U.S.A. using 100 percent recycled materials. They also have a screen over the water inlet to prevent mosquito breeding. The county requires screening and proper maintenance.
After purchasing your rain barrels, go to SoCalWaterSmart.com and apply online for a $35 rebate on up to two barrels. This will save you about 50 percent off the $129 retail price. Act fast as rebates are on a first come first served basis and only last until funding is exhausted.
Prior to purchasing a rain barrel, residents living in a homeowners association (HOA) should check with their HOA to ensure CC&Rs allow for the use of rain barrels and storage of rain water in their communities.