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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Learn how to collect and conserve water at our rain barrel workshop

Two blue rain barrels sitting side by side

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. 

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