Residents interested in learning how to harvest rainwater are invited to attend a free rain harvesting workshop hosted by Olivenhain Municipal Water District in collaboration with San Dieguito Water District and Rain Barrels International. The event will take place at the Encinitas Community Center on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive in Encinitas.
Although average rainfall in San Diego County is just under ten inches annually, even a light rain event can provide several gallons of water for later use. For example, a roof with a 2,000-square-foot surface area can capture 300 gallons of water from only a quarter-inch of rain, which is why many residents are now considering harvesting that rain to use in their landscapes rather than letting it run into storm drains.
Attendees will discover the importance of rainwater harvesting, the benefits of adding a rain barrel to your landscape, how to install and maintain rain barrels, how to apply for a rebate on purchased rain barrels, and other water conservation tips. Rain barrels will be available for sale from Rain Barrels International and can be preordered to ensure desired color and size.
Water district representatives will be present at the workshop to discuss current rebate programs and answer other questions. Currently, rebates of $35 per barrel are available at socalwatersmart.com.
Registration is required. To register for this event, or to find out more information, go to www.olivenhain.com/events.