What are Rain Barrels?
Rain barrels are containers used to collect rain water from the roof of a building via the gutter and downspout. The downspout is cut to a height that permits the rain water to flow into a barrel placed beneath it. The barrel should have a spigot to which a hose may be attached, and an overflow hose to direct rain water away from the foundation if rain continues after the barrel is full. Rain barrels are often made from 55-gallon food-grade plastic barrels, although they can also be made of wood. The collected water can be used to water gardens or lawns, wash cars, fill swimming pools or do other household chores.
Why Use Rain Barrels?
They are essential on conserving water and reducing stormwater runoff.
In the summer months, outdoor tasks such as watering lawns and gardens typically make up about 40% of household water use. Then with seasonal droughts and restrictions/bans on lawn watering, and the increaseing cost of water, it makes sense to use rain water instead of municipal water for outdoor watering.
Ashland is working with the Great American Rain Barrel Co., a local food importing company that has been repurposing shipping drums into rain barrels since 1988. Great American Rain Barrel Co is an approved vendor by the MASSDEP for the state since 2010.
To help homeowners and the town manage their water supplies, Ashland is offering residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrels at a discount. For more information click the link below.
Barrels are being offered to Ashland residents for $55.00 and orders will be accepted up to APRIL 3rd. Pick up of your barrel will be on APRIL 10TH at the Ashland DPW, 20 Ponderosa Rd.
To participate in the Town Water Program, download and submit the 2020 Rain Barrel Program form.
Mosquitos LOVE tires!
Tires are notorious for breeding thousands of mosquitoes. Filled with water, they're a potential breeding ground for the biting female mosquito. After sitting around for a while, tires can become filled with nutritious leaves for mosquitoes to feed on for energy and the thick, rubbery composition of tires also helps provide insulation and protection for mosquito eggs, making them the perfect nest for a new spawn of pests to grow.
If you have used tires hanging outside around your home, take advantage of a recyling program that is FREE!
The Central Mass Mosquito Control Project will take tires and recycle them for you at no charge. Click here for more info.
Ashland Stream Teams
New this year at our 2020 clean up event, we will have "Stream Teams"
A way for residents in town to be more proactive and remove litter and other foreign objects from Ashland's streams, ponds and wetlands.
This is a joint initiative of GreenUp Ashland, the Board of Health and Stormwater Advisory Committee.
There are two types of Stream Team cleanup efforts - land based (the L-team) and on-the-water (W-team)
Land-based involves walking along the banks of a waterbody
and removing litter just as you would do on a street.
On-the-water is for for the slightly more adventurous and involves the use of a canoe, kayak or other small boat.
A member of the Stormwater Committee will be at our Annual cleanup event May 2nd to help sign folks in and/or answer questions.
Between now and cleanup day, May 2, Stormwater Division personnel will identify priority waterbodies for cleaning up. Please let us know if you are willing to be part of the stream team
and which team, Land or Water, you are willing to do.
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