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Cheap Barrels Offered for Water Conservation in Delaware


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will soon begin offering repurposed barrels to help people conserve water for gardening, washing cars and other uses.

The News Journal reports barrels that were once used to import olives and pickles to the country will be repurposed at low cost. Barrels typically sell for about $120, but the agency will sell them for $59 each in April at a site in each county.

Agency spokeswoman Joanna Wilson says having  a rain barrel provides an innovative way to capture rainwater from a house roof to use later. It can help conserve water and lower water bills.

The barrels will be offered April 16 to 18 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.