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Rivanna Conservation Society Promoting Rain Barrel Use

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Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer rebates for rain barrels. Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer rebates for rain barrels.

The Rivanna Conservation Society is encouraging homeowners to use the summer rain as an opportunity to conserve water.

On Saturday the non-profit hosted a rain barrel workshop at Eltzworth and Thompson in Albemarle County.

The presenter told the group, rain barrels come in handy in emergency situations like power outages.

They also conserve water in routine maintenance around the house.

"We've here in Charlottesville had a lot of rain of late and now if we had rain barrels in our yard we could have been using that rain water to water our plants and our gardens and wash our clothes and do the kinds of things that we're not encouraged to do in a drought," said Robbi Savage of the Rivanna Conservation Society.

These barrels are used to import foods like olives and pickles to the United States, so recycling them to use as rain barrels keeps them from taking up space in landfills.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer rebates for rain barrels.

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