The Leavenworth and Wyandotte county conservation district will host a rain barrel workshop this week.
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for lawn and garden watering. Water collected in a rain barrel would normally pour off a roof directly or flow through roof gutter downspouts and become stormwater runoff.
A rain barrel can be used to save water for plants during dry periods. Rain barrels also can be set up to release the collected rainfall to areas that can soak up the water, reducing stormwater runoff and increasing groundwater recharge.
The workshop will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wyandotte County Conservation District office, 1200 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. Attendees will learn about making their own rain barrel, maintenance and installation. The workshop is limited to 20 participants; a space can be reserved by calling 913-334-6329.