Thursday, May 26, 2022

Rainwater Harvesting on Display at the Southlake Public Library

Visit the Southlake Public Library to learn more about rainwater harvesting through a new display presented in part by the Tarrant Regional Water District and the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association.

Although the weather is turning cooler and summer seems to finally be behind us, water conservation is always in season! Why not consider adding a rain barrel to your home? Easy to assemble and even easier to use, rain barrels can help you save money and water year-round.

To help you get started on making a rain barrel a part of your garden, the Southlake Public Library and Southlake Environmental Services division are offering free resources on rainwater harvesting provided by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Learn how to create and maintain your own barrel, as well as tips on installation and design. Rain barrels are best suited for providing water for irrigation that is otherwise lost as run-off.

Additionally, harvesting rainwater can help reduce stormwater pollution and erosion.

Be sure to also check out our new hand-painted rain barrel provided by the Tarrant County Master Gardener Association and get inspiration on how you can customize your very own! The rain barrel display is currently available at the Southlake Public Library.

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Register for the DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop & Rain Barrel Sale

With the hottest months of summer coming up, why not learn how to sustainably help your landscape beat the heat? In conjunction with the Tarrant Regional Water District and Tarrant County Master Gardeners, the City of Southlake Public Works Department will host a virtual DIY Rainwater Harvesting Workshop. Rainwater harvesting is not only a great way to save money on your water bill, but it also helps conserve water. This is especially important in the summer when demand for water reaches its peak.

Open exclusively to Southlake residents, this 45-minute workshop will teach you the best tips and tricks on how to easily collect and utilize rainwater for your home. Registrants will be able to access the virtual presentation at their convenience from July 23rd to July 30th.

In addition to the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to purchase their own rain barrel at a discounted rate of only $25. There are a limited number of barrels, so be sure to register today and secure yours! Only one rain barrel per household. More details about when and where to pick up the barrels will be provided through email after registering.

For more information and to register for the event, visit

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Bob Jones Nature Center Hosts Rainwater Collection Class

Texas is literally running out of water. Our population is rapidly growing beyond what our water suppliers can handle.  Conserving this precious resource is a necessity, forcing us all to water smarter.  Adding a rain barrel can help conserve natural resources and reduce storm run-off.

In this class, you’ll learn how to choose and install a rain barrel and how to make smarter landscaping choices.  Plus Joyce will cover the three worst watering mistakes and how to avoid them.  By using these best practices, Texans can stretch our water resources.

Presenter: Joyce Connelley, Marshall Grain Co.
Time:  5:30 pm
Dates:  Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Location:  Bob Jones Nature Center
Cost:  $5 members and $10 non-members

For more information about this event and to register visit the Bob Jones Nature Center website.