Chesterton Tribune


Low cost rain barrels offered in Chesterton

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Did you know that one inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of roof can yield 600 gallons of water?

Why let this free water drain away?

Collect it in rain barrels and use it to water your lawn or garden or to wash your car.

A rain barrel is a system which collects and stores rain water from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. “Rain barrels capture rain water and cool it down during warm months, minimizing temperature impacts to local streams and aquatic creatures,” Chesterton MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala said.

Now the Town of Chesterton is offering rain barrels at a reduced price of $20 each to residents who live within the corporate limits and who pay a stormwater fee.

One hundred barrels are available at this reduced price and limited to one reduced-price barrel per household. Additional barrels at a non-reduced price of $51 each are also available.

Non-residents or those not paying stormwater fees may also purchase barrels at the $51 price.

The barrels are made from recycled food-grade barrels. More information is available at

Place orders in one of two ways. Orders can be completed on line at

 ($2.50 processing fee applies for each barrel ordered on line). Under Order Forms on the right side of the home page click on Chesterton, IN Order Form.

Order forms are also available in the reception area of the municipal complex at 1490 Broadway in Chesterton.

All orders will be verified for residency and stormwater fee payment status eligibility.

Rain barrels will be available for pickup from 4 to 7 p.m. May 16, at the municipal complex. Paid receipt is required to verify purchase.

If you are unable to pick up your rain barrel on May 16, please arrange for a friend, relative, or neighbor to do so for you. The town is unable to store unclaimed barrels.

Delivery and installation are available at an additional cost. See the website order page for more information.

Informational brochures are available at

 or in the reception area at the municipal complex. All questions regarding the program should be directed to Gadzala, at 728-1336 or


Posted 3/21/2013