Rain barrel

Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Southside Master Gardeners complete their final rain barrel workshop on Aug. 26 at the South Boston Museum.

Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Southside Master Gardeners completed their final rain barrel workshop on Aug. 26 at the South Boston Museum.

The program, which was supported by the Community Foundation for the Dan River Region RiverBank Fund, distributed 84 rain barrels to participants in the three workshops held on April 22 at the Town of Halifax Earth Day Celebration on June 3 at North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and in South Boston on Aug. 26.

During the workshops, participants learned about the importance of water conservation and methods that can be used on home sites to conserve water.

The 50-gallon barrels are used to catch runoff from rooftops and store that non-potable water for utilization in gardens or other outdoor applications. Just one inch of rainwater falling on the roof of a 1,200-square foot house yields nearly 750 gallons of water.

Much of the rainwater that falls on home sites is lost as runoff that can carry pollutants and excess water to waterways and damage stream channels. Using the rain barrels to capture this water will help reduce well or public water use and reduce the amount of runoff created by storm events.

More information on urban water conservation can be found at www.halifaxswcd.org or to learn more about what to do on one’s property to conserve water, contact Halifax SWCD at 434-476-7923.