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6 Reasons to Have a Rain Barrel in New Jersey

6 Reasons to Have a Rain Barrel in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from the roof of your home — and to basically recycle it.

These barrels can present a number of benefits to a community. And they are coming to Jersey City.

The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop are announcing the Jersey City Rain Barrel Initiative. NJ.com reports that Fulop wants to distribute 200 rain barrels to residents in the next two years. They are capable of collecting 55,000 gallons of rainwater during a season.

Harvesting rainwater comes with several benefits, according to the Water Resources Program at Rutgers.edu. Collecting rainwater can prevent basement flooding, and reduce pollution and flooding in local rivers and streams. It can also save on your water bill.

According to Epoch Rain Barrels, rainwater is better for your plants because it doesn’t contain the fluoride compounds, inorganic ions, and salts found in tap water. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency says a rain barrel can save an average gardener 1,300 gallons of water during growing seasons.

 

UPDATE: Anaconda snake on a lake puts Hopatcong, New Jersey on the map

UPDATE: Anaconda snake on a lake puts Hopatcong, New Jersey on the map
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Despite what many people have reported, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection believes there is no Anaconda snake in Hopatcong Lake.

There have been seve...

NJ Weather Forecast: Tropical conditions coming

NJ Weather Forecast: Tropical conditions coming
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. WEATHER

Isolated thunderstorms a threat to start the week

While most locations throughout the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas will start the...

Buzz Aldrin Becoming More Famous For Punching Wise Guy

Buzz Aldrin Becoming More Famous For Punching Wise Guy
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There are groups out there who believe that the NASA moon landings that started 45 years ago never actually happened and were elaborate hoaxes.

Buzz Aldrin, now 84, walk...

NJ Weekend Weather Forecast: Not looking Top 10

NJ Weekend Weather Forecast: Not looking Top 10
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. WEATHER

Polar high pressure will shift over the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas Friday before settling over the western Atlantic for the ne...

Gov. Looking to Drill off Jersey Shore, Raises Concerns

Gov. Looking to Drill off Jersey Shore, Raises Concerns
BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Recently the Obama Administration said it would be using sonic cannons to search the waters off the East Coast for oil deposits.

According to International Busin...

NJ Weather Forecast: Tornado, flash flood conditions

NJ Weather Forecast: Tornado, flash flood conditions
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. WEATHER FORECAST

Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms will target the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas Tuesday on through Wednesd...

12 Things New Jersey Anaconda Would Eat

12 Things New Jersey Anaconda Would Eat
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It turns out that the giant snake that has been frightening residents around Lake Hopatcong the past few weeks can be one of the largest snakes in the world.

Reported si...

Paramus Zoning Board OKs Tesla Showroom and Service Center Pending State Approval

Paramus Zoning Board OKs Tesla Showroom and Service Center Pending State Approval
BY JUDY POKRAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tesla has not yet been approved by the New Jersey State Senate to open a dedicated Tesla showroom in the state, but the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment...

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