On Thursday, Ivan and Heather of the Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program came over to M n R’s on Rhoda Way and installed a rainbarrel, just in time to catch Friday’s rains. If you would like to do some guilt-free watering during the dry spells, while protecting the watershed from polluted city run-off, read on for more information about this wonderful program.
Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program
The City of Culver City and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission have partnered to implement a city-wide rainwater harvesting program. The program offers Culver City residents and commercial properties in the community the opportunity to receive a professionally installed rain barrel at a drastically reduced rate.
The first 500 residents to sign up can take advantage of this opportunity for a professionally installed rain barrel for a suggested donation of $40 to cover material costs for the barrel, an estimated value of over $250!
What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a collection and storage system used to harvest rainwater from your roof before it’s lost to urban runoff. A rain barrel consists of a 55 gallon industrial strength food-grade plastic container, a hose bib for watering your garden and landscape, a mesh screen to prevent the entry of trash and insects, a vinyl hose to redirect excess rainwater to permeable areas in your yard.
Advantages of Rain Barrels
The US EPA estimates that outdoor water usage comprises nearly 40% of a typical family’s water budget during the summer months. Collected rainwater can be stored for times of drought and provides a plentiful source of chlorine and calcium free “soft water” – great for watering gardens or washing cars – and costs a homeowner practically nothing.
Registration Information: If you live in Culver City and are interested in this pilot program, Email Questions and Application forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Heather (424) 645-7017 or Ivan (310) 961-4606 or go to http://ballonawatershed.org/CCrainwater.html