Did you know the average American family of four consumes nearly 110,000 gallons of water each year? That’s enough to fill up a backyard pool almost 4 times! You’d have to let a hose run non-stop for 10 hours to fill up just one of those pools. There are plenty of simple, cost-effective ways to reduce your water footprint and help recharge our rivers, lakes, and aquifers.
Installing a rain barrel is one of the easiest ways to reduce your water footprint. You’ll save money on water bills by collecting free rainwater to water gardens, trees, and lawns. The average homeowner can save up to 1,300 gallons of water every year with a single 55-gallon rain barrel. That’s 1,300 1-gallon milk jugs of water!
By collecting rain water that runs off your roof, rain barrels reduce the amount of rain water that reaches storm drains. This reduces the amount of rain water that picks up contaminate on the way to the drains by traveling over hard surfaces like roads, and parking lots but also over more porous surfaces like lawns and farm land.
There are 5,000 square miles of surface area in the Catawba River basin. River basins are like a giant bowls and the river is at the bottom of this bowl. Since all drains, creeks, and streams lead to the Catawba River eventually, rain barrels help promote clean water!
Partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation partners with Coca-Cola Consolidated and other community partners to offer rain barrel workshops at various locations across the Catawba River Basin throughout the year. Each rain barrel workshop is a hands on, do-it-yourself opportunity to build a 40-50 gallon rain barrel suitable for use at your home or place of business. Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use such as on lawns, gardens or indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and it’s free water for use in your landscape!
Each workshop participant will go home with a complete, ready to catch rain barrel that they will build on site during the workshop. Cost includes all hardware, construction materials, and instruction. Workshops last about one hour. If you are interested in hosting a private rain barrel workshop for your business, community group, or HOA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.