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Friday, May 4, 2012

Alabama Rain Barrel Project Upper Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership

News To Know
By: Amanda Causey
The Upper Tallapoosa River Clean Water Partnership was at the Master Gardener's & Wedowee Garden Club plant sale last weekend selling rain barrels.


I had to go check it out since I have been wanting to make one myself. (BUT since these are being sold for $30 {WOW!} and the proceeds are going to benefit a good cause {by promoting cleanliness of Lake Wedowee's water} I am going to be purchasing one of these instead of making it)

Now after I purchase my own rain barrel I will be dressing it up just like Mrs. Valerie Morris has.


She did an amazing job on this barrel (with a little help from her husband...who I might add is going to be helping me out with one of my next articles for Lake Wedowee Life Magazine)

After speaking with Mrs. Morris she informed me that they have been talking about doing a workshop for the barrels which I think would be a great idea! Especially to do at the schools and bring some education & environmental awareness to the young people of the community.

This project steams from the alabama rain barrel project. This site has full details on how to build one yourself...OR you can contact Tom Garland (Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association Chairperson) to purchase one locally.











Things to consider before buying/making a rain barrel:

•Will you place the barrel under an eave, downspout or roof valley?
•How will you use the water? Via hose, soaker or watering can?
•If you are using a hose, where are you transferring the water to? A garden, shrubbery area or lawn area? Nearby or at a greater distance?
•Remember that transferring water greater distances will require more pressure.
•Areas downhill of the barrel are easier to water than areas level with the barrel to water.
•Will you place your barrel on concrete blocks to provide better pressure? The higher the barrel stands and/or the fuller the barrel, the better the pressure.
•If you are placing the barrel on a deck, is the deck strong enough to hold a full barrel? A full barrel weighs more than 450 pounds.
•Where do you want the overflow (after the barrel is filled) from the barrel to go?



sources:
www.alabamarainbarrelproject.com
www.cleanwaterpartnership.org

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