Rain barrel decorating program to kick off Saturday

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The City of Evansville Storm Water Management Department is partnering with Coca Cola Refreshments to offer the Rain Barrel Decorating Program to raise awareness about water conservation.

Coca Cola has donated 55-gallon plastic drums for several years, so that they can be converted into rain barrels.

Donations are used to purchase adapters that attach the barrels to downspouts on houses to collect rainwater for later use in gardens and lawns.

Rain barrels can be picked up by individuals and organizations to be decorated and returned to Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden for a silent auction, where they’ll be sold for use at homes.

The program is a fundraiser for area nonprofits such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and others.

Pick up will be Saturday, March 9 at the back entrance off Bement Ave.

They must be returned the week of April 1-8.

They’ll be on display until the Party for the Planet event on April 20.

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(This story was originally published on March 7, 2019)

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