Editor's note: A previous version of this story contained the incorrect website for ordering rain barrels. The story has been updated.
The Richland County Stormwater Management Division and the Columbia water department are offering discounted rain barrels for sale to the public.
Rain barrels capture and store rain from gutter systems, providing a source of water for landscaping and gardening while reducing runoff pollution in nearby rivers and streams.
The 50-gallon barrels, which normally sell for $129, are available for $68, according to a Richland County news release. The barrels are gravity-fed and made of 100% recycled materials. They don’t require a pump and include a valve for connecting a standard water hose. They also have a mosquito-resistant inlet and a child-proof lid.
Orders may be placed at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/columbia-sc. Orders must be placed by Sunday, and rain barrel pickup is scheduled for July 28 at the Columbia Public Works building at 2910 Colonial Drive.