May 25, 2013

Rain barrel workshops set for June

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — An average home with a roof size of 1,000 square feet will generate approximately 600 gallons of water from a one inch rainfall.

By collecting and using this water to water plants in their landscape, rain barrel users help reduce the demand on water supplies, and reduce storm water runoff.

The Mahaska County Master Gardeners will offer a workshop on making rain barrels Tuesday, June  4, or Monday, June  24, at 7 p.m. at the Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 N. I St., Oskaloosa.

We will be installing plumbing on recycled plastic barrels for use in collecting and using rainwater for our landscapes.  Cost of the barrel and plumbing supplies is $25.   Observers are welcome to attend this workshop.

Register for this workshop by Friday, May 31, for June 4 workshop or by Friday, June 21, for June 24 workshop by calling the MCEO at  (641) 673-5841 or emailing Suzette Striegel, Mahaska County Extension Horticulturist at striegel@iastate.edu.