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Old-fashioned way for saving water today

COAST CITIES — With summer bringing a Level 2 Drought Alert and mandatory water conservation measures beginning July 1, Ace Raingutters offers a new twist on an old-fashioned rain barrel that makes conserving water simple and attractive.
“It is not always easy bringing these two things together, saving money and saving water in a stylish manner,” said North County locals Andy Moffat and Mark Mangen, owners of Ace Raingutters. “Often, you’ll find ‘rain barrels’ made out of old beverage containers that don’t add to the aesthetics of your yard or your home.”
Rainwater is naturally pure, naturally soft and free of chlorine and pesticides. Plants and gardens love it. Also, using saved gray water in your rain barrel will allow efficient recycling of water without ugly buckets. Ace Raingutters most popular model of rain barrel is the Algreen Cascata.
“They’re beautiful,” Hansen said. “They add such a beautiful decorative element to your home. It’s hard to believe they are actually saving water, too.”
Cascata Rain Barrels combine the timeless aesthetic elegance of ceramics with the enduring longevity of UV-stable, BPA-free, scratch- and chip-resistant polyethylene that is able to withstand extreme temperature with a terra cotta look in three colors. Each barrel features a quality brass spigot, corrosion-proof screen guard overflow valve, a six-foot garden hose with a shut-off nozzle and a metal hook for storing the hose.
The 65-gallon urn also has a removable top with a recessed crown basin for stowing yard accessories or displaying a potted plant. The smaller, 50-gallon Algreen Agua Rain Barrel is also made up of the same quality polyethylene, also with the hose and shut-off valve.
Ace Raingutters is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call (760) 734-4888.