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West Hollywood to distribute rain barrels for conservation

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city of West Hollywood will join Beverly Hills and Culver City to participate in an upcoming Water Quality and Conservation Workshop and Rain Barrel Distribution event to be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., in Rooms 5 and 6.

Residents are invited to pre-order rain barrels and attend the free workshop.

Pre-registration is required. Free parking will be available at surface lots at Plummer Park.

In order to obtain rain barrels, residents must pre-register for the workshop online and attend the complete workshop. The pre-order deadline is Feb. 18. Registration information and details can be found at www.WeHoRainBarrels.EventBrite.com.

Rain barrels are available in black or terra-cotta color, and are $85 each. Upon receiving the rain barrels, workshop participants may visit the SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program website at www.SoCalWaterSmart.com to apply for a rebate of $75 to $100 per barrel, depending upon residential water provider. That brings the maximum cost of each barrel to only $10, after rebates.

Workshop participants may pre-order up to four rain barrels. Each barrel is made of food-grade recycled plastic. The barrels are 39 inches tall and 23 inches in diameter. Each barrel has a 55-gallon capacity.

There is a 3/4-inch brass spigot for attaching a garden hose and there is a side brass overflow with a cap. A four-foot tight steel mesh screen prevents mosquitos and other bugs from accessing the water.

Every region of California is being affected by scarce supplies of water, but in Los Angeles County, drought conditions are particularly severe. The region has been experiencing one of the lowest amounts of rainfall on record.

During the past three years, the city of West Hollywood has intensified efforts to use less water and to promote conservation. Despite this year’s El Niño conditions, strong rains are not expected to end the California drought.

The use of rain barrels to collect rainwater for later use on lawns and gardens can help save on water bills in sunny months. Rainwater is also better for plants and soil, as it is highly oxygenated, and free of salts and minerals found in tap water that can potentially harm plant roots.

Also, by capturing rainwater that falls from roofs residents helps reduce the amount of storm water that flows into local waterways, helping to keep urban pollutants out of the Pacific Ocean; and, reducing water need helps save on the energy required to move water to Southern California.

For additional information, call (562) 944-4766.


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