NORMAN — Register online starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a free rain barrel at greennorman.org — limit one per household.
The Norman Environmental Control Advisory Board and the Cleveland County Conservation District have scheduled a Rain Barrel Workshop and Distribution from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Forest Building Materials, 1051 W. Rock Creek Road. Only the first 50 who register will get a free barrel. The barrels must then be converted at a workshop at Forest Building Materials. Each resident must attend a workshop.
Forest Lumber will have parts available at a discount to convert barrels to rain barrels. All interested parties are asked to bring a utility bill or other form of proof of residency in Norman. Enter the southwest doors for the workshops. For more information, call Environmental Services at 292-9731.
To harvest rain, collect and store rain water from the rooftop into a barrel. The stored rain barrel water can then be used to water lawns and gardens, wash cars or for similar uses.
Rain barrels also help address storm water pollution. Rain picks up pollutants as it flows across parking lots, streets and other areas. Discounting evaporation and leakage, and assuming a horizontal surface, just 1/10 of an inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof produces about 62 gallons of water.
— Transcript Staff