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By Robert Spencer​, Urban Regional Extension Specialist

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 The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council to offer the Farm and Home Rainwater Harvesting Workshop on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station 372 Walker Lane in Hazel Green, Alabama. Admission is free.

Water is a natural resource that tends to be in shorty supply and a matter of dispute in some regions of the United States. In situations where water sources are limited, the ability to establish and to utilize a rainwater catchment system for various garden, landscape, farm, and non-potable household uses has significant potential. Capturing rainwater from the roofs of buildings is a fairly simple process, and 1 inch of rainfall on a 25’x60’ roof can provide as much as 900 gallons of water.

The public is invited to attend the Farm and Home Rainwater Harvesting Workshop on September 27 to learn how to effectively install a rainwater catchment system. Although admission is free, participants are asked to register by contacting Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer at 256-766-6223 or

Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing since this event involves a passenger trailer ride from site-to-site and light walking.

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Elayne Cross

3/16/2015 6:54 AM
When might you be hosting another seminar like this or can you forward me any basic information about storage supplies and where I might be able to purchase them? Thank you

scott Tucholsky

3/24/2015 4:40 PM
I was also looking for another seminar/supplies lists for rainwater collection. Anything on feasibility would be awesome.

Pat byrd

4/11/2015 10:21 PM
When will you be doing another workshop in the Montgomery area?