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Rain in savings at home with a rain barrel

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Deb Pfaff

Learn more about the benefits of using a rain barrel for your home at a community education session which will be held at the Addison Public Library on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. Jim Kleinwachter of the Conservation Foundation will be present to discuss the benefits of using a rain barrel for your home.

Some of the benefits include lowering your water bill and reducing polluted runoff for local streams and rivers. It only takes about a half hour of steady rainfall to fill up a rain barrel which can then be used to water your plants or wash your car.

Addison Park District can help you save green and help the environment at the same time. By partnering with the Conservation Foundation, Addison residents will receive discounted pricing on rain barrels purchased at www.UpCycle-Products.com. Look for the "Addison" link on the side of the page to get special pricing. The 55 gallon, recycled food-grade plastic barrels are equipped with a spigot, garden hose-threaded overflow, a screen in the screw-off lids to keep out bugs and debris.

Online purchases will be delivered to Addison's Community Rec Center, 120 E. Oak St., for convenient pick up. Orders placed in March can be picked up Saturday, April 9 between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Orders placed April 1 - 30 can be picked up Saturday, April 25 between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Addison Park District is committed to providing the highest quality recreational opportunities and open space for everyone. The 2016 Spring Fun Guide will be available in print and online offering a full curriculum of leisure activities for all ages and lifestyles at www.addisonparks.org

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