Upcoming Workshop Spotlights Rainwater Collection

By  //  April 13, 2013

In Melbourne Beach On April 19

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – Area residents interested in using rainwater for landscaping and gardening are encouraged to attend a public workshop in Mebourne Beach on Friday, April 19.

Rain barrels can collect rainwater for a variety of landscaping and gardening projects. (Shutterstock image)

At the workshop, residents will be able to create their own rain barrels.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Melbourne Beach Public Library at 324 Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beach.

It will offer participants the chance to learn about the benefits of collecting rain while enjoying hands-on construction of 55-gallon rain barrels.

The University of Florida Brevard County Extension, Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office, University of Central Florida Stormwater Academy and Community Matters, Inc. are sponsors of the workshops.

Each rain barrel kit includes a 55-gallon barrel, faucet, flexible downspout extender, leaf filter and a DVD of instructions for building, installing and painting the barrel.

The cost for the rain barrel kit is $50, paid by cash or check at the door.

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

To ensure that all materials are available; open-top or closed-top barrel should be specified.

To pre-register for the workshops, call Elizabeth Melvin at 321-633-2016 ext 56721 or send an e-mail to elizabeth.melvin@brevardcounty.us or register online at www.brevstorm.org/calendar.cfm.