April 27 2018,  Everett

Everett’s Rain Barrel Program helps residents conserve water and save money

As part of Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s efforts to reduce stormwater runoff, save residents money and conserve drinking water, the City of Everett is once again offering a Rain Barrel Program to residents. Mayor DeMaria stated, “I hope residents will take advantage of this great program. Not only will you save money by conserving drinking water, but you will be helping the environment at the same time.”

Stormwater runoff is the largest contributor to water pollution in rivers and streams. One roof can produce hundreds of gallons of water runoff. Rain barrels collect water, which can be used to wash cars, water gardens and lawns and save you money. By reducing the amount of stormwater runoff, you will reduce the amount of nutrients and pollutants being carried from streets, parking lots and roofs to rivers and streams. Nutrients lead to increased algae and plant growth, which robs marine life of oxygen and can lead to large fish kills.

Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) Executive Director Patrick Herron stated, “Rain barrels are a great way to raise awareness of stormwater issues and provide residents an opportunity to do their part. MyRWA wants to congratulate the Mayor on continuing to put energy toward improving the Malden and Mystic Rivers.”

Mayor DeMaria has made reducing stormwater runoff and improving the quality of Everett’s rivers and streams a priority. He has instituted an aggressive street-sweeping policy to reduce nutrients and sediments from street surfaces, instituted a catch basin clean-out program and has proposed changes in zoning to reduce the amount of paved surfaces. In combination, these efforts reduce stormwater runoff, improve the quality of stormwater and recharge groundwater sources, which reduces the potential for drought.

This past weekend, as part of Earth Day educational activities, volunteers placed 80 medallions on storm drains. The medallions highlighted and educated that water flowing through storm drains goes into to the Malden and Mystic Rivers. In addition, Everett art teachers and students painted a sea creature mural coming out of storm drains.

The rain barrel arrives with simple instructions for fast and easy installation.

  • Special price for Everett residents: $65.00
  • Deadline for ordering: Saturday, May 6, 5:00 p.m.
  • Barrel pick up: Saturday, May 12 at 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Everett City Hall Parking Lot (484 Broadway)

To take advantage of this community program, please visit http://www.cityofeverett.com/DocumentCenter/View/3394. For more information, please contact Rachel Kelley at 617-394-5004.

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