Though the High Country has had good precipitation amounts this past year, we still cannot take our water for granted.
As we saw a few years ago, supplies can be altered at the “drop of a hat” during drought conditions.
According to Wendy Patoprsty, Extension Agent for Watauga County, “rainwater in the High Country represents a high quality source of water available to us, there is no reason we should let it flow away without using it.” It can take a very long time for our natural groundwater to recharge. Depending on the landscape, it can take anywhere from one year to 1,000 years to infiltrate into the aquifers.
“Harvesting rain water prevents water from pooling around the foundation of your home, and helps prevent erosion. This harvested water can be used for various purposes including washing your dog, watering gardens, rinsing tools, washing cars and windows,” said Lane Weiss of the Town of Boone Water Conservation Program.
There is no reason to use treated city water or groundwater for these types of uses.
“Rain barrels are a great way to water your plants and shrubs or your raised bed veggie gardens. They are so simple a kid can use them,” said Janie Poe, of Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Town of Boone, Watauga County Cooperative Extension and the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to provide rain barrels to the community at a reduced cost.
In order to get your savings, you must order your barrel online by May 30. We are able to offer the discounted rates because of bulk purchasing and delivery. These barrels typically cost $129, but we are getting them for $75. The pick up day will be June 5.
Go to the following website to order your rain barrel. http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/watauga-county.
You must place your order by May 30, 2014 in order to get the discount on the barrel.
The barrels will be available for pick up on June 5, for the one-day pick up event.
What sets this rain barrel apart from others?
• Made in NC from 100 percent recycled plastic.
• The shape of the barrel is designed not to crack and split when frozen. Check online for winterization guidelines.
• Mosquito proof.
• Best in class overflow set up to withstand heavy rains so barrel won’t back up into gutters. This barrel has optional flow direction with capabilities to attach multiple barrels.
For more information call 828-264-3061(Cooperative Extension), 828-268-6250 (Town of Boone) or 828-264-0842 (Watauga County Soil and Water).