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Roll Out the Barrels 2019

ACC Government

The Athens-Clarke County Government is teaming up with area artists to raise awareness and funds for water conservation, pollution and runoff.

It’s that time of year again, time to Roll Out the Barrels in support of environmental education. Athenians are invited to the Foundry Thursday evening where 16 local artists have turned ordinary rain barrels into unique works of art.

Laurie Loftin is Coordinator with the ACC Water Conservation Office, she says the barrels will be auctioned off to support Athens Green School Program.

“The Green School Program is designed to assist schools with environmental education, and improvement efforts that focus on conservation, preservation and the beautification of our environment,” Loftin said. “The program recognizes participating schools that implement exceptional environmental education and improvement programs.”

The rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff.

Organizers say the barrels and other rain harvesters are an important component in addressing water pollution. They are easy to install and can be used to protect water by both reducing stormwater runoff and reducing the need to pull from county water supplies for lawn care and car washing.

“The barrels this year are gorgeous, absolutely beautiful, they are works of art that you’ll be putting out in to your garden to reduce stormwater runoff, helping you with conserving water as well as beautifying your neighborhood and your home. You will be the envy of your neighbors when they see your rain barrel.

The ACC Stormwater Management Program and Water Conservation Office are co-hosting the event at the Foundry, which runs from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Barrels are on display at various county government offices, the Graduate Hotel, State Botanical Garden, Hotel Indigo and the Foundry.

Visit rolloutthebarrels.org for more information.