Rain Barrel Fundraiser

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Young Naturalists 4-H Club is selling Rain Barrels

Are you interested in collecting rainwater to use on your home garden? Now is your opportunity to support Henderson County 4-H and help the environment. 

The Young Naturalists 4-H Club is selling rain barrels as a fundraiser. You can order your $100 Rain Barrel here. *We need 15 orders before production can start. 

Before ordering your barrel, learn all about rainwater harvesting. 

Why should you collect rainwater? 

A rainwater harvesting system captures stormwater runoff, usually from a rooftop, and stores that water for later use. Using harvested rainwater for purposes that don’t require treated drinking water has many advantages:

  • It reduces the demand on municipal water supplies and thus increases the sustainability of drinking water supplies.
  • Its use may be exempt from restrictions during a drought.
  • It can reduce water bills, meaning the system can partially pay for itself.
  • It can improve the environment by capturing nutrients and other pollutants from rooftop runoff, preventing them from contaminating surface waters.
    It can contribute valuable plant nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, to garden irrigation water.

How do you collect rainwater? 

  • The primary constraint in selecting a rain barrel location is the position of the gutter downspouts. Although there is some flexibility in routing gutter pipes to various locations, it is generally easiest and most cost effective to place the barrel near an existing downspout  When possible, locate the barrel near the site where water will be used. 
  • An existing gutter system can be modified to direct rainwater into a barrel. Metal gutter downspouts and fittings are available from home improvement stores and can be used to route rainwater into a nearby barrel. Remember that metal downspouts, which are typically attached to a building, may require additional structural support when spanning any substantial distance. Corrugated plastic pipes are an alternative to metal downspouts that may ease installation and require less structural support.

Order rain barrels here

Or call our office at 828-697-4891