Rainwater Harvesting Workshop June 24 in Bonham - North Texas e-News

2022-06-06 08:32:21 By : Ms. richxr sales

Fannin County, Texas -- Rainwater harvesting is an old-fashioned yet innovative approach to capturing water. One approach involves directing rainwater from a roof into a storage container for later use. A rainwater harvesting system can be complex, involving the entire plumbing system of a house, or it can be as simple as a rain barrel. A rain barrel is any small storage container (usually 75 gallons or less).

The water from a rain barrel is non-potable (not drinkable), but it has several practical uses such as:

¢º Hand watering plants ¢º Watering plants with drip irrigation ¢º Watering pets ¢º Filling bird baths or providing water to other wildlife ¢º Water features   There are several benefits of using a rain barrel. Capturing rainwater reduces the amount of municipal or well water you need to use and reduces runoff and erosion. Rainwater is best for plants because it is naturally soft, has a pH of about 6, and contains no chemicals. Texas well water tends to be salty and can be hard on houseplants.   Rainwater runoff from roofs and other hard surfaces can cause surface erosion, taking sediment and other pollutants into waterways. Harvesting rainwater reduces erosion by capturing the rain before it becomes runoff. Then it can be slowly released into the environment, which reduces pollution and improves the health of waterways.   A large amount of water can be collected from a small amount of rainfall. When 1 inch of rain falls on 1 square foot of catchment, such as a roof, it yields about 0.6 gallons of water. Therefore, a 1,000-square-foot roof would yield about 600 gallons of water from only a 1 inch of rain.   Don¡¯t let that water go down the drain. Learn to collect and store rainwater. Fannin County Master Gardeners are hosting a seminar on rainwater harvesting practices and ways to incorporate rainwater collection into your residential landscaping. Participants will make a rain barrel following the program given by Extension Program Specialist Dean Minchillo. The program is limited to 30 participants. Participants need to bring their own non-metal container which will hold between 30 and 55 gallons. Registration is $40 which includes everything to complete your rain barrel plus handouts on a thumb drive. The fee is non-refundable, but, if unable to attend, participants will be able to pick up their materials from the Extension office.   The seminar will be on Friday June 24, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Darrell Hall Education Center, 2505 N. Center Street, Bonham. For more information and to get on the AgriLife Extension emailing list call 903-583-7453. To register online go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rainwater-harvesting-workshop-tickets-355123763737 . To ask a horticulture question send an email to fanninmastergardeners@gmail.com . Also follow us on Facebook.

¢º Watering plants with drip irrigation

¢º Filling bird baths or providing water to other wildlife

There are several benefits of using a rain barrel. Capturing rainwater reduces the amount of municipal or well water you need to use and reduces runoff and erosion. Rainwater is best for plants because it is naturally soft, has a pH of about 6, and contains no chemicals. Texas well water tends to be salty and can be hard on houseplants.

Rainwater runoff from roofs and other hard surfaces can cause surface erosion, taking sediment and other pollutants into waterways. Harvesting rainwater reduces erosion by capturing the rain before it becomes runoff. Then it can be slowly released into the environment, which reduces pollution and improves the health of waterways.

A large amount of water can be collected from a small amount of rainfall. When 1 inch of rain falls on 1 square foot of catchment, such as a roof, it yields about 0.6 gallons of water. Therefore, a 1,000-square-foot roof would yield about 600 gallons of water from only a 1 inch of rain.

Don¡¯t let that water go down the drain. Learn to collect and store rainwater. Fannin County Master Gardeners are hosting a seminar on rainwater harvesting practices and ways to incorporate rainwater collection into your residential landscaping. Participants will make a rain barrel following the program given by Extension Program Specialist Dean Minchillo. The program is limited to 30 participants. Participants need to bring their own non-metal container which will hold between 30 and 55 gallons. Registration is $40 which includes everything to complete your rain barrel plus handouts on a thumb drive. The fee is non-refundable, but, if unable to attend, participants will be able to pick up their materials from the Extension office.

The seminar will be on Friday June 24, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the Darrell Hall Education Center, 2505 N. Center Street, Bonham. For more information and to get on the AgriLife Extension emailing list call 903-583-7453. To register online go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rainwater-harvesting-workshop-tickets-355123763737 . To ask a horticulture question send an email to fanninmastergardeners@gmail.com . Also follow us on Facebook.