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East County News Service

November 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Save water this winter by installing a rain barrel – and save money by taking advantage of discounts and rebates that reduce the final cost of each rain barrel to $15 before tax.

The San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies have partnered with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation to offer 50-gallon rain barrels for $90 each. The rain barrels can be purchased through the Solana Center and are normally $149.

Once purchased, residents can apply for the $75 rain barrel rebate (maximum two rebates per address) available through the SoCal WaterSmart regional rebate program by December 31. The rebate will be reduced to $35 effective January 1, 2017.

Residents may pick up their rain barrels at one of four designated pick-up locations throughout the county, including the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon on December 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must pre-order their rain barrels and choose their pick-up location before November 27. No sales will be made the day of the event.

To pre-order your discounted rain barrels, visit Rebate applications are available online at More details about the partnership can be found in the San Diego County Water Authority’s news release.

Discounted rain barrels and rebates are limited and are not guaranteed.