We provide many ways that individuals can learn including hands-on projects. We currently offer rain barrel workshops in collaboration with The City of Watertown. Previous workshops and collaborations include A Rain Garden in Every Community. Read more information about that partnership on our Accomplishment Highlights page.

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Rain Barrel Workshops

We aim to equip individuals with the tools that they can use to protect their local water. One of the ways we do this is by providing rain barrel workshops in collaboration with The City of Watertown, River Network and Wis-Pak Inc.

Rain barrels help to offset the water we use in our daily lives. The average American family directly consumes nearly 110,000 gallons of water each year, and if you include water used for producing food, energy, and consumer goods, that total jumps to 1.9 million gallons annually. Up to 60% of the water we use in our households occurs outdoors, largely for irrigation. However, a single 55-gallon rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of water every year..

Rain barrels collect free rainwater to water gardens, trees, and lawns. This saves you money on water bills AND helps reduce demand for energy-intensive treated tap water, limits stormwater runoff and erosion, and saves water for use during droughts. Installing a rain barrel is one of the easiest ways to reduce your water footprint and help recharge our rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

Our workshops provide individuals with the materials and knowledge to make this change. To learn more about ways that individuals can make a difference, visit our What you can do at home page.

Rain Barrel Workshops 2024 Announcement List