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Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
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REGISTRATION CLOSED Saturday, October 13, 10:00-12pm, AlexRenew, 1800 Limerick Street, Alexandria

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

As part of a regional initiative, NVSWCD offers build-your-own rain barrel workshops and low-cost rain barrel sales. At the workshops, you will learn how to install and maintain a rain barrel and take one home.

Registration is required for all programs. Registration closes 3-4 days prior to the event. The fee per barrel is $55 for build-your-own workshops, $65 per barrel for distribution events. Only two rain barrels will fit in most vehicles.

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. Only one opportunity to reschedule will be given.


A completed rain barrel built at a workshop

  • Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM - 12 noon 
    Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S 16th St, Arlington, VA
  • Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM - 12 noon 
    Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA
  • Saturday, May 12, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    1800 Limerick Street, Alexandria, VA
  • Saturday, May 19, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Dr, Reston, VA
  • Saturday, June 9, 10:00 AM - 12 noon
    Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA

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.
  • Still have questions? Please see the website below or email
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