What catches the rain and the eye of those who pass by? People living in Knox County now know the answer–an artistic rain barrel! This spring, the Water Quality Forum kicked off its Fifth Annual Rainy Day Brush-Off event. Local artists have graciously volunteered to create beautiful works of art on 55-gallon rain barrels to help us raise awareness about water conservation and water pollution.

Did you know that over 1,000 gallons of water runs off of the average roof (1,700 ft2) in every normal rain storm event? Just think what you could do with all of that FREE WATER!

Normally, when it rains, water runs off of your roof into your gutters and eventually into the storm drain system. Once it stops raining, that water is no longer available. Rain barrels are an ideal way homeowners can conserve water by collecting rain water and then reusing it for watering flowers, gardens and lawns, particularly in this time of drought. Rain barrels are also a great way to help protect our local waterways from polluted storm water runoff.

Also, Many Thanks to Our In-Kind Supporters and Rain Barrel Hosts!

Voting and Bidding has Ended. Please Come to the Closing Reception at Ijams Nature Center on May 25th from 6-8pm to see who won and to pickup the barrel(s) you won! =D

Just click on the barrel you want to learn more about.

Make your own barrel at a rain barrel making workshop.  Click Here to view the schedule of upcoming workshops.  Build and take for only $35!

Learn more about rain barrels here. / Learn to make, install and maintain a rain barrel.  Just click here!

If you would like to participate in this program as a sponsor, please contact Parci Gibson at 865-215-5861 or parci.gibson@knoxcounty.org.

Website, Ebay or voting questions?  Contact Jason Scott.

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