Virtual Workshop On Building Rain Barrels

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  BRICK – A rain barrel helps preserve water and leads to a healthier environment and the town’s Municipal Utilities Authority is providing a free workshop on how to make one.

  The free virtual Build A Rain Barrel Workshop will be held on Sept. 27. Class size is limited. For registration contact Shari Kondrup via email at or telephone at 732-551-1551.

  Registrants will receive a free rain barrel kit that includes a 55-gallon barrel with all the openings cut out and all the hardware needed. These kits will be available at the New Jersey Tree Nursery, 370 East Veterans Highway (Route 528), Jackson, to all registrants the day of the webinar. 

  You place a rain barrel under a gutter’s downspout next to a home to collect rain water from the roof. You would then use that water on your garden instead of water from your hose. The end result is that water is conserved, basements get less moisture, and flooding and pollution is reduced.

  Barrels are 34 inches tall and 25 inches wide and can be placed lying down in the backseat of most vehicles to be transported home.

  This is part of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Brick Utilities’ efforts to implement the Metedeconk River Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan. The plan conserves the watershed, and is designed to improve the health of the Barnegat Bay estuary.