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The free Rain Barrel Program from the West Basin Municipal Water District is back. Residents of the West Basin service area may now register at www.westbasin.org/rain-barrels for free home delivery or a drive-through pick-up event hosted in El Segundo on January 29 and in Carson on February 5, 2022.
“The Rain Barrel Program returns in time for what will hopefully be a plentiful rainy season to help alleviate the drought,” said West Basin Board President Harold C. Williams, MSCE, P.E. “The 50-gallon rain barrels, valued at $80 each but free to participants, are an easy way to capture precious rainwater and reduce stormwater runoff.”
Since 2015, West Basin has helped save millions of gallons of water in the region by providing over 14,000 rain barrels at no cost to residents in West Basin’s 17 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. One rain barrel can save up to 620 gallons per year.
Two options are available for service area residents to receive their free rain barrels. This year, there are 700 rain barrels available for free home delivery. Residents interested in this option must reserve barrels by a January 20, 2022 deadline.
The District will also host two drive-through pick-up events to distribute 400 barrels at each event. Pick-up event #1 will be at West Basin’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 8-11AM; and pick-up event #2 will take place at West Basin’s headquarters in Carson on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 8-11AM. Advance registration for the rain barrels is required.
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