Rain Barrel Building Workshop

Learn How to Build Your Very Own Rain Barrel

Saturday, October 15, 2016

This workshop is FREE and open to the public.

Please register by contacting Angela Sullivan at (845) 677-8223 ext.114 or acs26@cornell.edu

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Times: 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Where: Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility – 3431 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

rainbar1Rain barrels capture runoff from rooftops during storms to use later to water lawns and gardens. Using a rain barrel can help save money on water bills, conserve water, and manage stormwater runoff. Learn how to make your very own rain barrel at one of several hands-on workshops on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Poughkeepsie Water Treatment Facility (3431 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601). There will be 4 different hour-long workshops offered throughout the day at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Have you ever thought about where stormwater goes? When it rains, impervious surfaces such as roads, sidewalks, driveways, and roofs prevent water from seeping into the soil. Usually this stormwater is channeled into storm drains and taken to the closest body of water as quickly as possible. The large volume of water and the pollutants it carries along with it can be harmful to the water quality of rivers, creeks, ponds, lakes, and wetlands. Rain barrels provide many benefits, including helping manage stormwater, improving local water quality, helping communities conserve well water and reducing municipal water consumption during dry periods, and controlling flooding and reducing stormwater volumes that contribute to erosion.

Rain barrels help households save money on water bills by conserving water. During the summer, watering lawns and gardens can account for up to 40 percent of household water use (EPA, 2009). By storing water for later use, a rain barrel can save homeowners up to 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months (EPA, 2009). Rain barrels are placed below gutter downspouts and capture runoff from rooftops during storms. The water is stored within the barrel and can be used when the weather is drier to water your garden or lawn. The water is captured before it picks up most nonpoint source pollutants, and it is safe to use for watering plants, washing your car, and more.