Rainwater Harvesting at Home

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Painted rainbarrels

Two examples of painted rain barrels

Take advantage of the water nature gives us. Using a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater can lower your water bill, be good for your plants, and also protect the environment by reducing runoff from your property. This workshop will discuss the importance of rainwater harvesting; how to size, build, and install a rain barrel; and provide information about rain gardens.

What is the difference between a rain barrel and a cistern? Size. Rain barrels are generally smaller and are installed above-grade, whereas cisterns are larger and may be installed above- or below-grade. Pre-made rain barrels and cisterns can be purchased from numerous sources; however, you can also make your own.

Sizing your system is important. Fortunately, it is not hard to do. A quick approximation is that for every 100 square feet of roof area, a 1-inch rainfall will yield 62 gallons of water.

Several 2019 classes on rainwater harvesting will be held in southeastern NC this fall:

October 21:  N.C. Cooperative Extension, Carteret County Center, 6–8 p.m.
Canceled due to low registration!
303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC
Call 252-222-6352 by October 17 to register or email Shawn Banks.

November 6:  N.C. Cooperative Extension, Onslow County Center, 6–8 p.m.
4024 Richlands Hwy., Jacksonville, NC
Call 910-455-5873 by November 4 to register or email Amanda Crompton.

November 5:  N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lenoir County Center, 9–11 a.m.
1791 Hwy 11 55 Kinston, NC
Call 252-527-2191 by November 1 to register or email Peg Godwin.

November 14:  N.C. Cooperative Extension, Greene County Center, 1–3 p.m.
offered at:  Elaney Wood Heritage Farmers Market
470 Hwy. 13 South Snow Hill, NC 28580
Call (252) 747-5831 by October 31 to register or email Kim Hoskins.