Rain barrel workshop offered in May

Published on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Living in the Pacific Northwest means living with rain, and rain barrels are some of the best ways to take advantage of the precious resource that falls from the sky.

The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District is teaming up with Birch Bay Watershed Aquatic Resource Management to present a rain barrel workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, said Emily Resch, the water district’s water conservation specialist.

The workshop, held at the district office, will cover basic principles of rainwater collection and its benefit to water supply and stormwater management as well as hands-on instruction on how to install and maintain a rain barrel.   
Rain barrels help save water by collecting it off of rooftops and downspouts, Resch explained.

Rain barrels typically range in size from 55 gallons to 95 gallons and can be used alone or grouped together in connected sets. 

The collected water can be used to reduce summer watering bills, and it can even reduce the amount of pollutants that wash into nearby waterways, she said.

Registered participants will take home a pre-drilled 55-gallon barrel. Supplies are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.

To register or for more information, call Resch at 360/371-7100 or email at conservation@bbwsd.com. The water and sewer district office is located at 7096 Point Whitehorn Road in Birch Bay.