The Town of Apex is selling rain barrels manufactured by Rain Water Solutions, Inc. at cost to customers in an effort to help them conserve water.
The rain barrels are $85 each (exact cash or check only). Due to high demand there is a limit of 2 rain barrels per customer.
Where to Purchase
Rain barrels can be purchased during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, Monday through Friday at the Public Works and Utilities Department's administration building located at 105-B Upchurch Street.
Using a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel should be placed under a downspout to collect rainwater from the roof. A screen on the inlet of the barrel keeps debris out of the barrel and stops mosquitoes from breeding.
Rain Barrel Statistics
The barrel holds 65 gallons of water and is equipped with a 3/4 inch brass spigot that can be used to fill watering cans or to connect to a standard garden hose.
Depending on the roof area, a rain barrel can be filled by as little at 1/10th of an inch of rain. (A 1,000 square foot roof can collect about 625 gallons of water from 1 inch of rainfall.)
The barrels are equipped with an overflow hose to route excess water away from the home foundation.
For more information, contact the Apex Public Works and Utilities Department at (919) 249-3427.