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WASD encourages you to be water wise, start storing rain and save water today!

MIAMI (July 22, 2016)

The rainy season is here and that means it’s a good time to start storing rainfall. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department encourages all residents to install a rain barrel and offers workshops through the UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Extension Service – Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program in English and Spanish.

Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall per year. A half-inch rainfall will fill a 50 to 55-gallon barrel. A residential rain barrel collects rainfall from gutters and connects to a soaker hose, becoming a great source for watering gardens, potted plants and much more.  More importantly, it’s a water conservation measure, in which the water savings is priceless. Additionally, rain barrels help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff into the sewer system.

Rain barrels can be purchased at free workshops and are $40 each. To find a workshop near you, visit the water conservation website.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the WASD website.