Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall per year. 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. 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 Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension offers a series of Rain Barrel Workshops. These workshops give the residents of Miami-Dade County an opportunity to learn about important water conservation issues and teaches how to construct and install rain barrels. We also work with schools, homeowners associations and garden clubs.
The cost is $40 for the workshop, rain barrel and associated construction materials. It is free to attend only the workshop.
Learn more about rain barrels at the Cooperative Extension's website.
Rain barrel workshops
The next rain barrel workshops will take place:
Saturday, Oct. 19
3 - 4 p.m.
Fruit & Spice Park (during the Grow Fest! event)
24801 SW 187 Avenue, Homestead
RSVP by Oct. 19 and complete the workshop flyer if you want to purchase a rain barrel
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Tropical Audubon Society -- Historic Doc Thomas House
5530 Sunset Drive, Miami
RSVP by Feb. 6 and complete the workshop flyer if you want to purchase a rain barrel
At some rain barrel workshops, you can exchange up to two old bathroom showerheads for high-efficiency ones free of charge, and trade three old light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs. Quantities will be limited.
Rain Barrel Workshops
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