Rain Barrell Workshop and Distribution
The City of Norman Environmental Control Advisory Board and
the Cleveland County Conservation District have scheduled a Rain Barrel Workshop
and Distribution for October 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
To receive a free barrel you will need to register
online beginning at 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, at www.greennorman.org. Due to a limited
number of these barrels, only the first 70 households to register will receive a
barrel. Each resident will need to attend one of two 30 minute workshops. The
times for the workshops are 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Barrels will be distributed
one to a household. Forest Building Materials, 1051 W. Rock Creek
Road, is donating its site for the distribution.
Please enter the southwest doors. They will have parts available to all
participants at a discount to convert the barrels to rain barrels. The
distribution is limited to Cleveland
County residents so all interested
parties are asked to bring a utility bill or other form of proof of residency in
County. This distribution
is a part of the City of Norman’s continuing educational effort in wise
water resource usage. For additional information, please call the City of
Environmental Services Division at 292-9731.
What’s a rain barrel? In Oklahoma, we all realize
that water is a precious resource in need of conservation. Harvesting rain in a
rain barrel is simply collecting and storing rain water from your rooftop that
would otherwise run off to local streams. The stored rain barrel water can then
be used to water lawns and gardens, wash cars or for similar uses. Using
potable water (water suitable for drinking or cooking) for these applications is
a waste of an important resource that is an ever-increasing demand.
Rain barrels also help to address storm water
pollution. Rain is relatively clean when it falls from the sky but it picks up
pollutants as is flows across parking lots, streets and other areas. Storm
water flows into drains and eventually into streams and ponds. Almost all the
rain that falls on your rooftop runs off onto the landscape from gutters and
downspouts. Discounting evaporation and leakage, and assuming a horizontal
surface, just 1/10 of an inch of rain on a 1000 square foot roof produces about
62 gallons of water!