(WSPA) — Clemson Extension agents are making an effort to help you save money on your water bill. They’re partnering with Spartanburg County to offer workshops on how to collect rainwater.
Agents said we have been in drought conditions for a long time. Heavy rain helps ease drought conditions and replenish lake levels, but does not increase the water table to “normal” levels.
Workshop organizers said they’re trying to educate people on water conservation via rain barrels, rain gardens, cisterns, and other practices. Those practices include turning off the water when you brush your teeth, watering lawns and gardens early in the morning or late evening to reduce evaporation, setting sprinklers on a timer and pointing sprinklers away from the road to reduce runoff.
County officials said rain barrels are an easy way to harvest roof andgutter runoff and turn it into something viable so you’re not spiking your water bill while trying to keep plants watered. Drew Jeffers with the Clemson Extension said this also helps reduce storm water pollution.
Organizers said the more water captured in barrels and used on gardens means the less road runoff that carry pollutants like motor oil, litter, fertilizers, and pesticides into the nearest creek, river, or lake.
Workshops will be held at 6 p.m. July 25 and August 10, as well as noon August 22.
The cost for the workshop is $50. Each class is limited to 12 people.