Rain Barrel Workshops Can Help Homeowners Reduce Water Bills

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will present two Build a Rain Barrel workshops at the EARTH Center, in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave, South Brunswick. They will take place on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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 rain water from the roof. The barrel holds approximately 50 gallons of water which can be used to water gardens. Rain water harvesting can help save money on your water bill, prevent basement flooding, and reduce flooding in local rivers and streams.

To register in advance or for program details, call 1-732-398-5275. Class size is limited, so register early to insure a space.

This workshop is part of a research project conducted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension to determine whether rain barrels encourage adoption of other environmental best management practices by residents. Participation is voluntary and is open to all New Jersey residents.

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