Workshops Teach Middlesex Residents To Build Rain Barrels

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK—Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will present a Build a Rain Barrel workshop on two occasions this spring at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick.

The dates are

  • April 17- 11 a.m. (Register by April 14)
  • April 29- 6:30 p.m. (Register by April 26)

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Participants will build their own rain barrel and learn how to install it at home. A rain barrel is placed under a gutter’s downspout next to a house to collect rainwater from the roof. The barrel holds approximately 50 gallons of water, which can be used to water gardens. Rain barrels sell for over $100 at specialty garden shops. Rain water harvesting can help save money on your water bill, prevent basement flooding, and reduce flooding in local rivers and streams.

Register in advance at 1-732-398-5262. The workshop fee is $45, which includes the barrel and all materials. Payment is required for registration prior to workshop. Class size is limited, so register early to insure a space.
Barrels can be placed lying down in the backseat of most vehicles to be transported home, but they are the size of a 55-gallon drum. Arrangements should be made in advance to transport your barrel home.


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