It never rains but it pours: Don’t put off getting a rain barrel

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EOS to host DIY rain barrel workshop Saturday

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The old saying “it never rains but it pours” is the description of our changing climate in New Brunswick. Local climate change research predicts increases in precipitation overall but it will fall less often and in more intense storms.

“This means we’ll see longer drought periods calling for the need to conserve water,” explains Amanda Marlin, executive director with EOS Eco-Energy.

Many people are generally unaware of their water usage because it flows so freely from the tap and costs so little. Water is of course required for many daily activities from cooking and cleaning to personal hygiene and firefighting. The average Canadian uses 329 liters (87 gallons) of water a day.

Thirty to 40 percent of Canadian’s water usage is for our lawns and gardens during summer months. Easy ways to limit this is by planting drought-tolerant plants and grasses, and installing a rain barrel for watering vegetable gardens, washing cars, etc.

A rain barrel can save an average homeowner 4,900 litres (1300 gal) of water a year.

“Using a rain barrel saves not only water but also the electricity used to treat municipal water supplies and to pump well water,” notes Robyn Snook, a summer projects assistant with EOS.

EOS Eco-Energy is hosting a make-your-own rain barrel workshop on Saturday, Aug.16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Sackville Community Garden with Macx MacNichol of Eco-Container Co. The registration fee of $10 includes a plain plastic 55-gallon barrel.

Participants will learn about various rain barrel designs and systems from Macx and then head home to complete their customized barrel. Participants will also learn how to care for their rain barrels and keep them clean.

Free on-site childcare with fun activities will be available if needed during the workshop from the Tantramar Family Resource Centre. This workshop has been made possible with funding from the Environmental Trust Fund and is in partnership with Eco-Container Co., the Family Resource Centre and the Sackville Community Garden.

Please contact EOS at eos@nb.aibn.com or 536-4487 for more information or to register. Space is limited and the deadline to register is tomorrow, Aug. 14.

Organizations: EOS Eco-Energy, Sackville Community Garden, Eco-Container Co. Family Resource Centre Environmental Trust Fund

Geographic location: New Brunswick