Forget barrels of fun, these are barrels of useful

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to say “I love you” than with a 50-gallon rain barrel? Well, a 55-gallon compost bin might do the trick, too. As luck would have it, either or both can be purchased at discount prices through the Ventura County Watershed Protection District (WPD).
 “We've seen a bit of an uptick in interest in the rain barrels,” said WPD Water Resources Specialist Lara Meeker. “There's definitely been an increase.”
But the reason for that uptick wasn't Valentine's Day, she said, but the rainfall over the past week. And not without good reason, Meeker added: A quarter-inch of rain collected from a 1,000-square-foot roof can fill a 50-gallon barrel pretty quickly. 

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