Reduce Your Water Footprint

Do you know what your water footprint is?

The average American uses approximately 2,000 gallons of water a day through their home, yard, diet, energy, and consumer choices. The good news is there is plenty you can do to reduce your water footprint and help recharge our rivers, lakes, wetlands, and underground aquifers with clean water!

Water Conservation Resources

National Rain Barrel Program

Coordinated by River Network

View the calendar below for a list of upcoming public rain barrel workshops.

Installing a rain barrel at your home, school, church, or other community building is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to start reducing your water footprint.

Rain barrels collect and store rain water from your roof gutter (downspout) that would otherwise flow into storm drains and streams, picking up pollutants along the way. This helps reduce the amount of polluted storm water runoff that flows in to our rivers, lakes and oceans.

You’ll save money on your water bill with a rain barrel by using free rain water to water gardens, trees, and lawns. This reduces demand for treated tap water, controls erosion, and saves water for use during droughts.

The average homeowner can save 1,300 gallons of water per year with a single 55 gallon rain barrel!

The National Rain Barrel Program is a collaboration between River Network, the Coca-Cola Company, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and River Network’s member organizations. River Network facilitates the program by supplying its member organizations with free materials and support to host public rain barrel building workshops.

Hosting a workshop: Current dues-paying River Network member organizations may apply for free materials and support to host a National Rain Barrel Program workshop.  Organizations which are not River Network members may also be eligible to receive workshop support. Please note: River Network is not currently accepting applications to host National Rain Barrel Program workshops. We hope to being accepting applications again in late August 2017. Check here for updates. Contact us for more information.

Has your organization recently completed a National Rain Barrel Program workshop?
Please submit your post-event report.

Read about how River Network’s National Rain Barrel Program is Expanding!

Upcoming National Rain Barrel Program Workshops

Are you interested in getting an affordable, upcycled rain barrel for your home or community?
Search below for a workshop near you!

All workshops are organized by and benefit our member organizations. Please contact the host organization for details about a specific workshop.