Middlesex County Cooperative Extension Service


County to Host Workshop on
Building a Rain Barrel

MAY 19, 2014 --The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County invites you to participate in a workshop where you can build your own rain barrel and learn how to install it at home. 

This workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

A rain barrel is placed under a gutter's downspout next to a house, to collect rain water from the roof.  That water can then be used to water gardens or for a number of other household tasks. There will be a workshop material fee of $45 per rain barrel. These barrels sell for over $100 at specialty garden shops.

All tools and materials will be provided. The barrel you will make in the workshop will hold about 50 gallons of water and is quite large. Please keep this in mind when it comes to your vehicle. Barrels can be placed lying down in the backseat of most four-door vehicles to be transported home.

To register, call 732-398-5275. Registration is required and material fees are due by June 9.

“Rain water collection can help conserve water, prevent basement flooding, and reduce flooding and pollution in local rivers and streams,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “I encourage residents to attend this informative workshop.” 

“The EARTH Center offers a host of environmental services to the County,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Here, residents don’t only learn about conservation techniques and greener approaches to gardening, but can also purchase soil test kits, pesticide application test manuals, or submit pest and disease samples for evaluation.”  

The County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the State land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University-New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Visitors can also find out more about the Center and its events by calling 732-398-5262.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.