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3/22/10

Rain barrels can conserve and cut costs of water

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With higher water rates and limited resources, everyone is looking for a way to conserve.  The Lubbock Arboretum has a way to cut water use that can also save you money.

"It's just a great way to encourage people to conserve water and help save the environment a little piece at a time," Jennifer Simek with the Lubbock Arboretum said.  She says rain barrel workshops have become pretty popular in the Hub City.

"The people who have setup rain barrels earlier in the year are already coming back to do workshops again, to do their second or third, some are even on their sixth or seventh barrels, because they've already seen the benefit of it," Simek said.  She says just a small amount of rainfall can provide enough to water outside plants and flower beds, and the best part, it's free.

"If you've got a gutter system, then that's fantastic, because you can direct water straight into the rain barrel, but even if you don't, you just set the barrel where the peaks of the roof make a little channel, and it flows down into there.  So, you don't even have to have a gutter system to use rain barrels," Simek said. 

Setup is easy. Folks can attach a garden hose, or place the barrel on a stand high enough to place a bucket or watering can underneath, then just wait for the rain.  "It's amazing how much an inch of rainfall on your roof will collect in a barrel," Simek said. 

She says the workshops last a few hours. Most of that time is spent decorating. You don't have to bring anything with you; they'll provide all the materials.  Simek says there is a waiting list, so if you are interested you may want to sign up fast.

(Click Here) to learn how to sign up for a workshop.

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