House and Garden Show Rain Barrel Giveaway

Coming up on February 16-18th is the Dogwood House and Garden show. As a part of the event, the Water Quality Forum, partnered up with local municipal stormwater entities, will be giving information out regarding some great practices you as a homeowner can employ to reduce your impact on our local waterways. One such practice is using a rain barrel! Rain barrels are a way to collect rainwater and reuse it for all of your lawn and garden needs while saving money on the water bill. The Water Quality Forum would like to invite you to enter a drawing to win a free Ivy Rain Barrel.

For a chance to win, please head over to our Facebook page. Once there give the page a like and fill out the short Google Form with your contact info from the Rain Barrel Giveaway post.

You must have done both of these things to win. Read the post for further rules and details.

Foothills Land Conservancy Rain Barrel Winner

Last month on August 19th, the Foothills Land Conservancy held their annual Summer Celebration to share their project successes and highlights from the year. The Foothills Land Conservancy is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the lands and environments of the Southern Appalachian region and promoting the character of the land for the benefit of the general public, now and in the future. In support of this mission and the work the FLC does to protect our resources, the Water Quality Forum donated an Ivy Rain Barrel for use as a door prize at their celebration event.

FLC rain barrel giveaway



The winner of the Ivy Rain Barrel was Bruce Reign. Congratulations Bruce, we hope you enjoy your new rain barrel.



For information on how you can get your own rain barrel be sure to keep an eye on our website for updates on upcoming rain barrel workshops and sales here.


“Ivy” Rain Barrel Now on Sale!



The Ivy rain barrel is now on sale!  Go to the following link to pre-order:

The Water Quality Forum is selling Ivy for only $70 as a way to introduce more homeowners to the many benefits of rain barrels.  She typically retails for (at minimum) $129!

Pre-ordered rain barrels can be picked up on June 3rd  from 9 am to 1 pm at the University of Tennessee Gardens located off of Neyland Drive.  Additional rain barrels will be on sale on June 3 but supplies will be limited so if you want to purchase them that day, we suggest you come early.


Ivy Rain Barrels – Still Available!

On June 4th, the Water Quality Forum sold Ivy rain barrels to the community and we purchased an extra palette so folks who could not purchase one then would still have an opportunity!  To obtain an “Ivy,” call Ijams Nature Center in advance at 577-4717 to let them know you would like to purchase one and the front desk staff can work out a time for you to pick one up.  We will continue to sell them for $70.


  • Ivy Rain Barrel

50 gallon capacity

100% made in the USA

Made of recycled plastic

Two large overflow ports to handle heavy rains

Child-resistant lid for extra safety

Learn how how to install an Ivy by watching this YouTube video.



2017 Rain Barrel Workshops

13235120_1714809355438225_290615695129793018_oThe WQF is gearing up for its 2017 spring “Make it, Take it” rain barrel workshops and registrations are open!

Cost:  $40 per barrel  (couples and families may come and just purchase one barrel or more!)

All workshops:  10 am to Noon

Dates and Locations

March 25th – Town of Farragut at Town Halls

April 29th – City of Oak Ridge – Central Services Complex

May 13th – Knox County at Harvest Park located at 4775 New Harvest Ln

To register for any of the workshops contact:

  • Kellie at the UT Water Resources Research Center
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: (865) 974-2151

 When you register, please provide the following:

  1. Workshop you want to attend
  2. Number of barrels you want to make
  3. Number of people in your party

Your e-mail address; if you don’t have an email address, please leave a phone number. We will only use this information for workshop reminders.