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Published on Friday, March 23, 2012

MSD will host a one day, Cash and Carry Rain Barrel Sale for customers. MSD is offering the rain barrel program as part of its efforts to promote the use of green activities that benefit water quality in the St. Louis community.

The sale is Saturday, May 12, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Sulphur Maintenance Yard. The yard is located at 1900 Sulphur Avenue, at I-44 and Hampton Avenue in south St. Louis. The cost is $65 per barrel. Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment. All sales are final and no refunds will be given.

The rain barrel is 55 gallons, 48 inches tall and 24 inches wide. The rain barrel is made from recycled, food grade plastic.  

To qualify for the MSD rain barrel purchase, you must be a MSD customer who is current on their sewer bill.  Those who live outside MSD’s service area and those who are delinquent on their MSD bill do not qualify. Customers must bring a copy of their current MSD bill or photo ID to the sale.  

A kit and detailed instructions on how to assemble and install the rain barrels will be included with the purchase. Customers will not receive any discounts on their MSD bills for purchasing and installing rain barrels.  

Rain BarrelA rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from a home or building’s roof.  This water would normally flow through the downspout and eventually into the storm drain.  The environmental benefits of rain barrels are numerous.  Water collected in a rain barrel can be used to water a lawn or a garden.  Rain barrels can reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff, which contains pollutants like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and other nutrients.