Workshop Set On Building, Installing Rain Barrels

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Participants at the workshop will learn how to build and install rain barrels. Photo: Franklin Township Environmental Commission.

Building and installing rain barrels is the focus of a workshop set for 9 a.m. to noon on May 3 at the Franklin Township Municipal Building, 475 DeMott Lane.

The workshop is sponsored by the Franklin Township Environmental Commission and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority.

Rain barrels collect and store rainwater collected from a roof, which can then be used to water lawns and gardens or be used for other non-potable (non-drinkable) uses. Users of rain barrels can reduce their potable water usage, save money on water bills and reduce stress on wells.  By collecting the rainwater, the volume of water reaching local waterbodies is reduced, which can help improve stream health.

The workshop will teach attendees how using a rain barrel can help contribute to improving water resources. Participants will learn how to build, install, and maintain their own rain barrel.

 “In addition to conserving water, rain barrels help the environment by reducing the amount of runoff going to our storm sewers and rivers during rain storms, easing stream erosion,” said NJWSA staff member Kathy Hale. “Installing a rain barrel is one of the best ways homeowners can help to manage the effects of urban storm water.”

The workshop is open to all Franklin Township residents and is free to attend. The cost for materials for those who want to build and take home a rain barrel is $40.

Space is limited. To register and reserve a rain barrel, please call (908) 685-0315, x233 or e-mail shelble@raritanbasin.org.

For additional information, visit www.raritanbasin.org


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