“April showers bring May flowers,” as the saying goes, and more than a third of our summer water consumption is devoted to watering lawns and gardens. As we’re all looking for ways to save money, a rain barrel is a free and effective way to save homeowners an estimated 1,300 gallons of water this summer. Talk about saving your pennies for a rainy day!
To jumpstart our collective water conservation efforts, the Caesar Rodney Rotary Club sponsored the “Let It Rain Barrels” as part of its work to raise awareness of water as a natural resource. Delaware artists and students painted eighteen rain barrels, which are now on display at businesses and nonprofit organizations around Wilmington.
On Earth Day, April 20th, the Club will auction off the barrels at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Proceeds from the event will help improve access to clean water in third-world countries through a partnership between the Club and the University of Delaware’s chapter of Engineers without Borders.
In addition to raising funds, Caesar Rodney Rotary Club member Kay Keenan says the organization also hopes to show how conserving water helps homeowners and businesses save money and protect our area’s local streams, rivers and watershed.