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Take Advantage of the Rain: Use a Rain Barrel to Stock up for the Dry Season   

Charlotte, NC – While it may seem like the rain just won't stop, rest assured it won't stay wet forever.  That's why now is the perfect time to stockpile water for the dry season.  Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District and Charlotte Storm Water Services are offering a variety of rain barrels for sale at a reduced price.

Three sizes are offered:
·  55-gallon for $60
·  65-gallon for $85
·  110-gallon for $110

To pre-order a rain barrel, call 704-336-RAIN or email The last day to order is July 11, 2003.  Pick-up is Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street in Charlotte. For more information or to see pictures of the barrels, visit

One inch of rain on a thousand square foot roof area equals about 625 gallons of water.  Did you know…

·      A rain barrel will fill up with as little as 1/10th of an inch of rain.
·      Plants thrive on natural rainwater — no chlorine, ammonia, fluoride, or other chemicals added to municipal water systems.
·      Collecting and using rainwater conserves a vital natural resource.

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District is a local organization working with residents, agencies, and business owners to plan and direct programs for the conservation and development of natural resources. For more information on the Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District, check the Web site or call 704-336-2455.                                                          

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