Sign up to make your own rain barrel!

Rain barrels can be placed under your downspouts to capture runoff from the roof. By installing a rain barrel at your home you will:

  • Provide your plants with water they will love! Unlike treated water, which is “softened” with dissolved minerals, rain water is naturally soft. The water stored in your rain barrel is better than municipal water for washing your car and watering indoor or outdoor plants.
  • Save money and water! Instead of water from the tap or faucet, you can use the water you’ve saved to keep your home landscape happy and growing. You’ll also reduce your municipal water bill!
  • Protect the Chesapeake Bay! Water stored in your rain barrel won’t rush off into our streams. Instead, as you use the stored rain water around the home and garden, it will absorb slowly into the ground replenishing groundwater supplies. By decreasing the volume of storm runoff, rain barrels also help moderate stream erosion and the resulting pollution that is impairing the Chesapeake Bay.

Rain barrels purchased from retail sources can be expensive. As part of a regional initiative, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and distributes low-cost rain barrels to Fairfax County citizens. You will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one home! The barrels come with a screen to prevent mosquito breeding.

Register here.  Find answers to FAQs here.

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