The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association invites everyone to build-your-own rain barrel workshop at Indian Trail Park at the junction of Indian Trail Road and Lehigh Drive (Route 248) in Lehigh Township.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 12.

Watershed Association members will provide all the materials and tools necessary to help you build your own fully-functioning rain barrel, ready for installation at home. Participants can choose from three, one-hour long sessions from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., or 11 a.m. to noon. Eight participants or parties maximum per session.

Rain barrels are great water saving devices and ideal for gardeners. The barrel sits underneath a downspout and collects water from rooftops each time it rains. The collected rain water can then be used to water lawn and garden plants.

This helps conserve groundwater, utilizes high quality water for plants and decreases water bills. And the rain barrels can be painted with paints that adhere to plastic.

There is a nominal cost for the workshop and the fee includes a plastic 55-gallon drum and all the necessary parts and assistance to build a rain barrel. Similar rain barrels cost up to $100 at home and garden centers. Registration and prepayment is required.

For more information or to register, contact Jim Wilson at 484-239-9977 or send email to James-Wilson@northamptoncd.org [1].

The Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association strives to be the area's leader and chief advocate for conservation inspiring residents, businesses and local governments to value their natural resources, engage in conservation practices and work collaboratively with the Association to protect and preserve the area's natural resources and water quality.