With water becoming an even more scarce commodity in Colorado, Arapahoe County is hosting two workshops this month for citizens interested in capturing rainwater in a barrel.
The County, in cooperation with numerous partners, is hosting rain barrel workshops Oct. 21 and 28. Space is limited, so register now to attend. The workshop fee is $20 and includes a rain barrel and water collection kit. There also are a limited number of scholarships available for the workshops. If you are interested in a scholarship, contact Lisa Knerr, Arapahoe County environmental program manager, at 720-874-6525.
The workshops will be held at the City of Greenwood Village, 10001 E. Costilla Ave. The workshop on Oct. 21 will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. The Oct. 28 workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rain collection is legal in Colorado for residents who can install two 55-gallon rain barrels per property. Colorado gets an average of 16 inches of rain per year, and a 1,000-square-foot-roof can yield more than 600 gallons of water, which is plenty of rain to fill two 55-gallon barrels.
The County is partnering with Southeast Metro Storm Water Authority, Stormwater Permittee for Local Awareness of Stream Health, and the cities of Greenwood Village, Littleton, Englewood and Glendale.