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Northern Virginia Rain Barrel Workshops

Mar 22, 2023

Why Rain Barrels?

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, NVSWCD 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!

Registration is required for all programs.

You can sign up to be notified when build-your-own rain barrel workshops and distribution events/sales are made available by registering for our Rain Barrel Notification List.

Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $80 for a pre-made barrel for distribution events. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.

2023 BUILD-YOUR-OWN WORKSHOPS - $55: Register for a Build-Your-Own Workshop:

Wednesday, March 29, 6:00-7:30pm - Ashlawn Elementary School, 5950 8th Rd. N, Arlington VA 22205
Saturday, May 13, 10:30am - Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr., Reston VA 20191

2023 DISTRIBUTION EVENTS/SALES - $80; Purchase a Pre-Built Rain Barrel:

Friday, March 31, 9:00am-4:00pm OR Saturday, April 1, 9:00am-12:00pm - Sleepy Hollow Bath & Racquet Court, 3516 Sleep Hollow Rd., Falls Church VA 22042 (Sales open March 7 at 9:00am)

VISIT https://nvswcd-velocitypayment-com.3dcartstores.com/Rain-Barrels_c_8.html to register online.

Refunds will not be issued for cancelled registrations or no shows. If you are not able to make a workshop for which you are registered, please notify the rain barrel program immediately. We will do our best to reschedule you for a subsequent program.