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UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County hosts Rain Barrel Workshop at Tropical Park

MIAMI (January 18, 2017)

In partnership with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD), the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF/IFAS) Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension offers a series of Rain Barrel Workshops for Miami-Dade County residents. The workshops provide residents with an opportunity to learn about important water conservation topics and how to construct and install rain barrels. 

Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall annually. Most of this water washes over lawns and pavement carrying fertilizers and other chemicals into local waterways. An inch of rainfall over a 1,000-square foot area yields in excess of 600 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water for later use.

The next rain barrel workshop will be held from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the SW Community Farmers’ Market in Tropical Park, located at 7900 SW 40th Street. Miami-Dade County residents will also be able to exchange three (3) old light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange up to two (2) water-wasting showerheads for water-efficient models. Quantities are limited. 

Visit or call 3-1-1 for more information on water and energy conservation.

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, click here.