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A few reduced cost rain barrels still available for residents but order now

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By KEVIN NEVERS

There are still a few-a few-low-cost rain barrels available through the Town of Chesterton to residents who live within the corporate limit and pay a stormwater fee.

At the Stormwater Management Boardís meeting Monday night, MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that, of the 100 rain barrels available at a reduced price of $20, 87 have already been reserved.

So if you want one, you better act fast. Gadzala expects to close the program next week. As an extra added bonus, each person who orders a rain barrel will also get a rain gauge.

Place orders in one of two ways: on line at

http://www.upcycle-products.com/

(a $2.50 processing fee applies for each barrel ordered on line). Under Order Forms on the right side of the home page, click on Chesterton, IN Order Form.

Orders forms can also be obtained in the reception area of the municipal complex at 1490 Broadway.

All orders will be verified for residency and stormwater payment status eligibility. Rain barrels will be available for pickup from 4 to 7 p.m. May 16, at the municipal complex. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase. Delivery and installation are available at an additional cost.

If you canít pick up your rain barrel on May 16, please arrange for a friend or relative to do so for you. The town is unable to store unclaimed barrels.

One inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of roof can yield 600 gallons of water. Use that free H2O to water your lawn or flower garden or wash your car.

Earth Day

Gadzala also reported that she will be participating in the Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Porter County Expo Center, where folks will have the opportunity to make contact with environmental organizations, exhibitors, businesses, and vendors who will engage them in ways to live greener, more environmentally conscious lives.

At the Earth Day Celebration, Gadzala will be working with the City of Valparaiso and the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes in facilitating the voting for the winners of the first ever Porter County School Rain Barrel Design Contest.

Seven Duneland schools are participating in the contest, the winner of which will win chairs for his or her school. There will also be second- and third-place winners.

 

 

Posted 4/16/2013