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Earth Day Rain Barrel Workshop
Sat, April 22, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Lehigh Gap Nature Center is proud to offer a rain barrel building workshop on Earth Day in partnership with Saucon Creek Watershed Association.
Rain barrels are great water-saving devices and ideal for gardens! The barrel sits underneath a downspout to collect water from the roof each rain event; the water can be saved and used to water plants in your yard. This helps save groundwater resources, utilizes higher quality water for plants, decreases water and sewer bills and also reduces the amount of pollution that could be picked up from the rain water as it passes over driveways and roads (which are laden with motor oil residue, road salt, etc.) before entering our local streams and rivers.
Rainwater’s many uses can help people save money on utility bills—especially because the water is practically free (minus the cost of the collection system). The roof of a 1,000-square-foot house can collect around 600 gallons per one inch of rain—that’s enough free water to fill more than 15 bathtubs! Additionally, some communities offer rebates or reduced fees to homeowners who practice rainwater harvesting.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center is partnering with the Saucon Creek Watershed Association to offer residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrel kits and attend a free barrel building workshop. The kits include all the instructions necessary for assembly, a 55-gallon drum and all the components needed to construct a rain barrel. The cost is $40/kit. The watershed association will bring plenty of tools and will help you through the simple construction process.
Workshop attendance is limited to 15 participants. We will offer three sessions hourly starting at 11am.
DATE: Saturday, April 22 (rain or shine)
LOCATION: Lehigh Gap Nature Center (pavilion)
8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, PA 18080