Saving water with spring rains

Published on Wed, Mar 13, 2013
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The folks at the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are teaming up with the folks at the Birch Bay Watershed Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District to host two rain barrel workshops this spring for residents of Blaine and Birch Bay. The workshops will cover the basic principles of rainwater collection and its benefit to water supply and storm water management as well as hands-on instruction on how to install and maintain your very own rain barrel.

Space is limited to 20 households for each workshop. Registered participants will take home a pre-drilled 55-gallon barrel. Supplies are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

This is the third year that BBWARM and BBWSD have hosted rain barrel workshops to the community. To date, 25 barrels have been installed in the Blaine and Birch Bay community.

Rain barrels are the most common and easiest method to collect and store rainwater from rooftops and downspouts. Rain barrels typically range in size from 55 gallons to 95 gallons and can be used alone or grouped together in connected sets. It is a great way to reduce outdoor watering in the summer and it also helps reduce storm water run-off that can cause flooding and carry pollutants into waterways.

The workshops will be held at the Blaine Senior Center on Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at the district’s office on Tuesday, April from 6 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Interested residents are required to register for the workshop. 

To register online for the rain barrel workshop, visit bbwarm.whatcomcounty.org or contact Ingrid Enschede at 360/715-7450 ext. 50787.