200 Baltimore Street
La Plata, MD 20646
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
SHOULD I BUILD A RAIN BARREL?
Did you know that the average roof collects 600 gallons of rain water for every inch of rain?
Rainwater from downspouts often drains onto driveways, sidewalks, or other paved surfaces and is not able to soak into the ground. Water rushing over these hard surfaces picks up pollutants along the way which then enters our streams. This water run-off can cause flash flooding and erosion, lower water quality, and harm fish habitats.
Rain Barrel Benefits
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, rain barrels can save a homeowner 1,300 gallons of water use during peak summer months. Rainwater is naturally soft, oxygenated, and devoid of chlorine, so it can help improve the health of your gardens, lawns and trees.
Capturing some of that rain water not only plays an important role in protecting our freshwater resources but also saves business owners, schools, and homeowners money by reducing tap water use. In Charles County, harvesting your rain with a rain barrel can also qualify you for a Watershed Protection and Restoration Fee credit on your property tax bill.
2020 Rain Barrel Workshops
Charles County Government and University of Maryland Extension Program offer Rain Barrel Workshops throughout the year. These workshops demonstrate the practical uses for rain barrels and how they reduce the impact of runoff on our local waterways and Chesapeake Bay.
Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a pre-assembled rain barrel and learn the technique for later installation at home to become eligible for a tax deduction. Workshops are approximately 45 minutes in length.
- Workshop is Free
- Rain Barrels are $30 for residents and $65 for non-residents.
- Optional accessories available for additional cost.
- Pre-registration is required as space is limited
- Click on a date below to register.
- Online registration is available or you can register via mail and pay by check
- You must register in advance to guarantee rain barrel availability on the day of the workshop.
- If you would like to order more than one rain barrel please indicate that on the form and adjust payment accordingly. Rain Barrels are 55-gallons in size and may be white or tan in color.
Did you know. . .Your property is eligible for a tax credit for installing two rain barrels!
As part of the Southern Maryland Environmental Stewardship Webinar Series, a Rain Barrel 101 Webinar will be held on June 16, 2020 starting at 6 p.m.
Please visit the calendar event for more information and to register.