Rain barrel program enters second year

If you're looking for a way to help the environment and save money at the same time, you may want to look in to purchasing a rain barrel.

For the second year, the city of Lexington is offering rain barrels, known as Lily, to citizens. 500 of them are now available for a reduced cost of $75.

Rain barrels are miniature versions of much larger detention and retention ponds and help to control runoff from rain events. Rain barrels hold the water for a short period of time before it is slowly released.

"In addition to controlling runoff, rain barrels can also save homeowners money," Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry said. "One inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof produces more than 600 gallons of water. A portion of that water can be saved in the barrel and used for watering plants and gardens."

New this year is the ability to purchase a Lily rain barrel online with a debit or credit card via the www.lexingtonky.gov website. Citizens can access more Lily rain barrel information, as well as the online purchase portal by going to: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/lily.

Citizens who want to purchase a Lily with a check or money order must bring their payment in person to the Department of Environmental Quality, 9th floor, Government Center, 200 E. Main St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Checks should be made out to the "LFUCG Lily Program."

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