Save money on your water bill with a rain barrel

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As these dry summer conditions continue to brown our lawns and wither our garden plants, the need to water continues to grow. This watering can have an impact on the local water resources, as well as our wallet. Rain barrels can be an alternative solution.

The benefits of installing a rain barrel go far beyond just saving money on your water bill. A rain barrel can reduce flooding in your yard, reduce run off, provide cleaner water to your plants, and much more. So why not make your own? Rain barrels are easy and economical to make with simple supplies you can get at the hardware store.

University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County will be offering a one-and-a-half-hour workshop on Rain Barrels from 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, July 18. In this hands-on workshop, Horticulture Educator Candice Miller will teach you the benefits of installing a rain barrel on you property, as well as demonstrate how to make your own rain barrel. All supplies are included, and participants will go home with a completed rain barrel to install in their yard.

If you are interested in this program, please pre-register by July 16 at or call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191. Ogle County Extension is in the Farm Bureau building at 421 W. Pines Road in Oregon. The cost for the program is $25 per person. For more information regarding similar programs being held in DeKalb, Boone, Stephenson, Winnebago and Jo Daviess counties, visit the website or contact those offices.

Posted July 11, 2012

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