Make-and-take rain barrel workshop planned

The public is invited to protect the storm water system and capture rainwater by making a rain barrel for household use. Build and take home a rain barrel Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District, 130 West Dudley St., Maumee. The fee is $35 for materials. All tools and needed parts are supplied. Register in advance by calling the Lucas SWCD office at 419/893-1966 by Thursday,June 9.

The finished barrels have a screened opening at the top where downspouts direct roof runoff into the barrel. A brass faucet at the bottom of the barrel allows you to water your lawn and garden with a hose or watering can.An overflow hose directs excess water from big storms away from the building foundation.Instructors at the workshop will share suggestions for installing and winterizing the barrel.

Rain barrels are one way to conserve one of the most valuable natural resources. They can reduce the burden on the storm water and sewer systems and make use of rainwater as close as possible to where it falls.The free water from the rain barrel can then be used to water your garden or wash your car,possibly saving money on water and sewer bills.