County offers bigger discounts on rain barrel rebate program

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SAN DIEGO – A rebate program that will make already discounted rain barrels even less expensive for area residents will be available through the end of this year, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Monday.

The 50-gallon barrels will be available at the Solana Center for $90, discounted from $149, according to the water authority.

Until Dec. 31, purchasers can also get a $75 rebate through the SoCalWaterSmart program. The offer will be reduced to $35 on Jan. 1, according to the agency.

“Water stored in rain barrels can gradually be released into landscapes between rains,” said Joni German, water resources specialist for the water authority. “With our region’s traditionally wet months just ahead, this is a great way to increase your outdoor water efficiency and live water-smart.”

Besides offering a buffer against a lack of rainfall, rain barrels also reduce storm water runoff — a major source of ocean water pollution.

The Solana Center will offer four pick-up locations for the rain barrels around the county.

Residents who want to pick up their rain barrels from the Rice Canyon Preserve in Bonita or the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will need to order their barrels by Nov. 27. Those who want to pick theirs up from the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas or at the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District offices in Escondido need to order their barrels by Dec. 3.

Participating customers must pre-order their discounted rain barrels and choose their pickup location online, according to the water authority.