As part of Virginia’s ”Build a Barrel - Save the Bay” program, the city of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is asking the public to vote for their favorite rainbarrel decorated by city of Richmond Public Elementary schools 5th graders. The categories are
- Most Creative
- Most Outrageous
- Tells the Best Environmental Story
Deadline for voting is Friday, April 25 at Noon.
Winning barrels will be on display and announced at the Earth Day Festival at the 17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom, April 26.
Stop by the DPU Stormwater booth for more information about DPU’s Stormwater Utility.
At the end of the contest, each rain barrel will be donated to a city of Richmond resident living in Bellemeade or the Goodes Creek neighborhood.
Rain barrels have benefits. Here are just a few:
- Free irrigation for your lawn and garden
- Reduction of harmful runoff into rivers, streams and lakes
- Save money on water bills (garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer according to the Environmental Protection Agency)
- Rainwater is better for plants and soil
- Homeowners can save 1,300 gallons of water during growing season
- Provides an alternate water source for lawn and garden during periods of water restrictions or drought
- Reduce the amount of water that must undergo wastewater treatment