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(WHITMAN, MASSACHUSETTS) The Department of Public Works (DPW) of Whitman has announced the exciting news that the town currently has rain barrels available to residents free of charge!
What are Rain Barrels?
Rain barrels are containers designed to collect and store rainwater that falls on rooftops. According to the EPA, rain barrels are an effective way to conserve water and reduce water bills.
What Can You Use Rainwater For?
The collected rainwater can be used for outdoor activities such as watering plants and washing cars. By using rain barrels, homeowners can reduce their reliance on treated water from the municipal system. This not only saves water but also reduces the strain on the system during peak demand periods.
How Did Whitman Pay For Free Rain Barrels?
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has revealed that the free rain barrels were funded through the Recycle Dividend Program Grant.
What is the Recycle Dividend Program?
The Recycling Dividends Program (RDP) provides payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies proven to maximize reuse, recycling, and waste reduction.
How Can Whitman Residents Get a Free Rain Barrel?
According to the DPW, the rain barrels will be distributed on a first-come, first serve basis, and there is a limited supply available. To reserve a barrel, residents are requested to call the Whitman DPW office as soon as possible. Pickup of the barrels will only be available on Saturdays, starting from April 22nd.
These rain barrels are a positive step towards promoting sustainable water usage practices. By providing residents with free rain barrels, the DPW is not only helping residents save money on their water bills, but is also encouraging them to be more environmentally conscious.
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