Come learn how harvesting rainwater can help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff and provide a supply of free, non-chlorinated, pH-neutral water for your garden, prize orchids, potted plants, and much more! The workshop is free to attend and recycled plastic 60-gallon food-grade drums (rain barrels) are available for purchase at $40.00 each. You may purchase rain barrels online through registration with a credit card. Rain barrels can be purchased at the workshop with a check or money order only. Cash is not accepted.
Miami-Dade County residents will also be able to exchange three (3) old light bulbs for energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange up to two (2) water-wasting showerheads for water-efficient models. Quantities are limited.
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
WHERE: Tropical Audubon Society- Doc Thomas House
5530 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143
ORGANIZER: UF/IFAS Extension Service Miami-Dade County- Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program
The UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) program provides education on the 9 Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles throughout Miami-Dade County to homeowners, property managers, municipalities, and other groups. We partner with Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to educate residents on water conservation in the landscape through workshops, outreach events, presentations, and an irrigation rebate program.
As part of Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department’s water conservation initiatives, the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program offer rainwater harvesting workshops to educate Miami-Dade County residents on how to capture rainwater, why it can be beneficial, and how to install a rain barrel in the landscape.
Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall per year. An inch of rainfall over a 1000sq.ft. area yields in excess of 600 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water for later use. By installing a rain barrel you will not only help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff, but also have a supply of free non-chlorinated Ph neutral water for watering your prize orchids, potted plants and much more!
Learn about water conservation issues and how to construct and install your very own rain barrel.