SWSC is offering free rain barrels to Old Hill, Upper Hill, and McKnight property owners that plant 2 or more trees on their property through the City of Springfield’s Greening the Gateway Cities program.
The Commission owns and maintains the combined sewer system that serves these neighborhoods. Trees help slow and reduce the amount of stormwater that flows into combined systems during rain events, thus reducing potential combined sewer overflows into waterways.
The City of Springfield’s Greening the Gateway Cities program is offering free trees to property owners in these neighborhoods for the 2019 planting season, and to help incentivize residents to sign up, the Commission is offering free rain barrels to those that plant 2 or more free trees. Rain barrels can be used to capture rain water to irrigate the new trees, or other plantings, and also help reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into combined sewer systems. The number of free rain barrels is limited, so residents should sign up soon by calling the City’s 3-1-1 line or by visiting https://www.springfield-ma.gov/ggcp.