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MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville Stormwater Utility Department has launched a town-wide rain barrel program for residents and businesses.

A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rainwater from the roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. This water is typically used to water plants, trees, shrubs and lawns. They save the consumer money and help reduce storm water pollution, conserve water supply resources and are better for plants and gardens.

These 55-gallon rain barrels are made from recycled food grade barrels and are available in terra cotta, gray, blue or black for $51 each if paid by check or $53.50 each by credit card. 

The program is being coordinated by UpCycle Products Inc., and order forms are available at the Merrillville Stormwater Resource Center, 7404 Broadway and in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office, Planning and Building office and the Town Manager’s office at Town Hall, 7820 Broadway.

Forms are also available at the Public Works office, 13 W. 73rd Ave., and the Parks Department office at Pruzin Center, 5750 Tyler St.

Order online with a credit card by May 19 at www.upcycle-products.com; find the section for "order forms" and click on “Merrillville, Indiana.” Completed order forms sent by mail with payment in the form of a check or money order should be sent by May 13 directly to: UpCycle Products, 400 E. Wapella St., Minooka, IL 60447. Residents can call (815) 735-9583 with questions.

The rain barrels must be ordered through UpCycle Products and not through the town. The pick-up date is 3 to 6 p.m. May 22 in the Merrillville Stormwater Resource Center parking lot, 7404 Broadway. A paid receipt is required to verify purchase information.

For further information, call the stormwater office at (219) 472-8668, or visit www.merrillville.in.gov or www.upcycle-products.com.

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