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The Importance of Harvesting the Rain

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for lawn and garden watering. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally pour off your roof directly or flow through roof gutter downspouts and become stormwater runoff. Rain barrels are gaining popularity because they conserve water and help lower your water bill, and reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff which can contain pollutants like sediment, oil, grease, bacteria and nutrients.

If you’re harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens, lawns and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Sunday, July 27 at Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 South Park Blvd. from Noon - 2 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m. To register, call (216) 321-5935 by July 20.
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes presents this hands-on workshop designed to educate participants on rain barrels and their benefits. Workshop fee includes the materials and instruction for constructing one rain barrel. The benefits of rainwater harvesting will also be covered. Cost is $30 for members; $45 for non-members.

For more information about Rain Barrels, visit www.rainbarrelguide.com.


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