When it rains, it pours- so save it.

Rain barrels offer a great option to store residents’ stormwater run-off.

Hillsdale Water Quality Project will provide “Make and Take” Rain Barrel Workshops for the following Johnson County communities through a Johnson County Stormwater Management Program education grant:

Spring Hill Farmer’s Market
May 7~ 7:30 a.m., until gone

Spring Hill Daffodil Day
May 14~ 10 a.m.– 1 p.m., or until gone. Look for the project’s booth.

Gardner
May 11 ~ 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Gardner Senior Center, 128 E. Park

Edgerton
May 17~ 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Edgerton City Lake at the shelter.

De Soto
May 24~ 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., DeSoto Wastewater Treatment Plant, 35415 W. 79th St.

Project Director Gale Salzman said volunteers and staff will provide a supply list, instructions on how to make a rain barrel, its use, maintenance and important winterizing tips.

“Rain barrels offer an inexpensive way to save money, conserve water and provide fresh water to gardens and flowers,” said Salzman. “Collected water is great for watering plants, lawns and gardens during dry times and saves on homeowners’ water usage.

“The project is proud to offer the rain barrels at a discounted rate through local partners and programs,” Salzman said.

Rain barrels will be provided to Johnson County and Hillsdale Watershed residents on a first come, first serve basis. Prepaid cost is only $10 with a limit of one rain barrel per household.

For more information and a registration form, visit the project’s website at www.hwqp.org or call the office at (913)829-9414.