UTAH DROUGHT

Utah Rivers Council selling discounted rain barrels as effort toward water conservation

Mar 20, 2023, 7:30 PM

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The RainHarvest Utah program offers discounts on Ivy rain barrels to some Utah residents, thanks to a partnership meant to incentivize water conservation. (Utah River Council)

(Utah River Council)

SALT LAKE CITY — People can save thousands of gallons just by collecting water in rain barrels. A program by the Utah Rivers Council is selling rain barrels at a discount right now. It hopes that more Utahns will embrace the use of rain barrels.

Collecting rainwater at home has more of an impact than you might think. Anya Korfine with The Utah Rivers Council says each person can save thousands of gallons.

“Every time that it rains enough to fill a 50-gallon barrel, nearly 400,000 gallons of water can be saved from municipal water suppliers,” Korfine says. “It’s a pretty incredible number.”

Along with this, she says saving water is just one benefit of using rain barrels.

“Capturing rain water really improves water quality by preventing that urban runoff that’s flowing over streets and gutters and washing pollutants into our water ways,” she says. “So, not only is this a water conservation effort, but it also helps protect our water quality.”

Korfine also says that collecting the water and putting it to use yourself, really helps people see how much they are watering and if it’s being put to good use.

“I think that’s the biggest thing we’ve heard is these rain barrels help promote intentional water use,” she says.

Click here to order a discounted rain barrel.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

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Utah Rivers Council selling discounted rain barrels as effort toward water conservation