Press Release

City and Maine Air National Guard partner on rain barrels

BANGOR, Maine  — The city of Bangor extends its gratitude to the Maine Air National Guard for providing funds for the city to purchase a limited number of rain barrels which are to be distributed to residential property owners living within the Birch Stream and Capehart Brook watersheds.

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof that otherwise would be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams.

The city also thanks MEANG for providing funding for production costs for a video aimed at broadening public awareness regarding federal and state stormwater regulations. The video should be completed this fall and will be shown on the public access channel and will be available on the city’s website.

Earlier this month, a form letter was mailed to residents living in Birch Stream and Capehart Brook Watersheds requesting residents from these watersheds to contact the city’s environmental coordinator, Wynne Guglielmo to request a rain barrel. To date, 17 rain barrels have been picked up or reserved.

The rain barrels are available on a first-come-first-serve-basis. To receive a rain barrel, call Guglielmo at 992-4255. Rain barrels may be picked up 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays at the city’s Public Works Department on Maine Avenue across from the Recycling Center.