The Richland County Stormwater Management Division and the City of Columbia water department are offering discounted rain barrels for sale to the public.
The 50-gallon barrels, which normally sell for $129, are available for $68, according to a Richland County news release. The gravity-fed barrels, made of 100% recycled materials, don’t require a pump and include a valve for connecting a standard water hose. They also feature a mosquito-resistant inlet and a child-proof lid.
Rain barrels capture and store rain from gutter systems, providing a free source of water for landscaping and gardening while reducing runoff pollution in nearby rivers and streams.
Orders may be placed at https://www.rainwatersolutions.com. Orders must be placed by July 22, and rain barrel pickup is scheduled for July 28 at the city of Columbia Public Works building at 2910 Colonial Drive.