On a beautiful sunny spring day, more than a dozen participants came out to build rain barrels with ReVision Energy and NH Coastal Protection Partnership‘s Dave Anderson. Anderson lead the workshop, showing participants how to build their own water and energy saving rain barrels out of recycled food grade plastics.

Below is ReVision’s New Hampshire office manager Heather Fournier, who had to take a closer look:
New Hampshire DIY Rain Barrel Workshop
Our event wrapped at 1pm – leaving just enough time for participants to get home and put their rain barrel in place before a refreshing spring rainstorm came through to test out the new barrels!

NH Coast reports that they’ve now distributed 40 of their homemade rain barrels in just 42 days! This includes our event, demos at various garden shows, and an Earth Day event at Dunbarton Elementary School.

The rain barrel fun isn’t over yet – during our Exeter NH Solstice Grand Opening Bash on June 17th… we’ll be raffling off a NH Coast rain barrel as a door prize, and offering great food, drink, and entertainment for everyone!

Why Care About Rain Barrels Again?

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has recognized rain barrels as a Do-It-Yourself Stormwater Solution For Your Home. Left unabated, stormwater run-off can quickly transform into run-off pollution. “In New Hampshire, stormwater contributes to over 80 percent of the surface water impairments in the state,” according to NHDES.

Each NH Coast rain barrel contains 55 gallons of stormwater when full, helping homeowners take a small chunk out of their stormwater footprint. Rain barrels can be also be used to redirect stormwater into a dry well or rain garden, allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the ground as nature intended.

A few important pieces of NH water quality news made headlines this week:

Thanks again to NH Coast for helping us put on a great event! ReVision has now donated $1,000 to their water conservation efforts, between a $500 purchase of rain barrels and our April “Check in for Charity” social media fundraising campaign.

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