Water Conservation OCU Water Division

Rain Barrel and Composting Class

Rain barrels store rainwater runoff from your rooftop to use for hand-watering plants.

Details

Rain barrels are inexpensive and easy to install. By collecting and storing rainwater in a homemade rain barrel, you gain a source of free irrigation for flower beds and landscapes during extended dry spells. A heavy rain shower can yield hundreds of gallons of water off the roof of even the most modest home. For example, a 1,000 sq. ft. roof yields about 625 gallons of water from a rain storm that produces 1" of rain.

In addition to learning about rain barrels in this class, you will also learn to build a simple compost pile that will provide nutrients to your garden. Orange County Utilities will provide one rain barrel per household at no charge for class attendees.

Where & When

Where:
Orange County Extension Education Center
6021 South Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32825

When:
Arpil 2019

Space is limited

* You must be registered to attend the class.

Have questions?
Email: Jessica.Green@ocfl.net

Need more information?
Call: 407-254-9837

FAQs

What is a rain barrel?

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for lawn and garden watering.

Why should you use a rain barrel?

Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs by reducing water consumption.

Who can participate in these classes?

All Orange County Utilities water customers are invited to participate in these classes.

Who do I contact to register?

Please contact Education Coordinator Jessica Green at Jessica.Green@ocfl.net.

Facts

Follow water conservation guidelines and ordinances in your community. Even if your water comes from a private well, you must comply.

Report water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner or call Orange County Utilities at 407-836-2777.

Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards, and by example. Encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to be "water smart."

Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts!

Learn about what we are doing to help our customers become more water conscious and things you can do to reduce your water use.

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