A rain barrel is a rainwater collection system that stores rooftop water for activities such as lawn and garden watering, car washing and even window cleaning.
Rain barrels provide rainwater that has no added chemicals. In-town residents that use public water can save on their water bill. A 2,100 square foot roof produces 1,260 gallons of water per 1 inch storm. They provide free water without stressing the water supply. Also, they help promote infiltration of water into the groundwater that would otherwise be lost to stormwater runoff, water that is shed from impervious surfaces such as asphalt, concrete and rooftops.
The Snyder County Conservation District (SCCD) has hosted over 20 rain barrel workshops since May 2009. Workshops have been held in various locations throughout Snyder and Union Counties. At least 3,500 rain barrels were given or sold during since 2009. Recently, workshops were held in December 2014. Contact the Conservation District (570-837-3000, x110) if you want your name placed on a waiting list or register for upcoming workshops.
Note: At this time, the Conservation District is selling assembled rain barrels for $35.00 each (while supplies last) for those who cannot wait for one. Contact the Conservation District or go to our Items for Sale web page for details.