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Through a partnership with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA, the City of Somerville is offering rain barrels to Somerville residents at a discount to help conserve water and save money. Barrels can be purchased through April 5 by visiting www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com. Click on “Shop Local Programs,” and search for Somerville. Somerville residents may purchase the barrels at a cost of $69, a 40% discount from regular retail price. Barrels are available in Forest Green, Earth Brown, or Nantucket Gray.

 

Rain barrels reduce runoff that can harm existing water sources and contribute to overflow in the city’s water system. Additionally, rain barrels can help offset water usage that, in New England, can increase by as much as 60% during the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the DPW Yard, 1 Franey Road. All orders must be made by April 5 at 5 p.m.

 

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