Extension to host Rain Barrel Workshop
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(MIAMI, May 21, 2012) – The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division will host a rain barrel workshop on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Normandy Isle Park, 7030 Trouville Esplanade in Miami Beach, Florida.
During the workshop participants will learn how to use a rain barrel to capture water that can be stored for later use in the garden. Collecting rainwater for use during dry months in rain barrels or other depositories is an ancient and traditional practice. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000 years ago in Thailand, and throughout other areas of the world after that.
Why Use Rain Barrels?
- Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs (a rain barrel can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months).
- Rain barrels reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff, which can contain pollutants like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients.
- By installing a rain barrel, you'll not only help reduce pollution, but you'll also have a supply of free non-chlorinated soft water for irrigating your landscape.
The first 50 participants to sign-up will receive a “Florida Friendly” plant. There is no cost to attend the workshop; however, if you’re interested in purchasing a rain barrel for $40, you must order it in advance. To sign up for the workshop, contact Lize Luna at 305.248.3311, ext. 242 or 245.
Attendees can also exchange their old showerhead for a new water efficient showerhead that uses 1.5 gallons per minute and can exchange up to 3 incandescent light bulbs for CFL/Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs. Registration and showerhead & light bulb exchange is at 9:30 a.m.
For information on Florida friendly landscaping, visit the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods website.