DEP Rain Barrel Workshops Highlight Stormwater Education


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – How can you lower your water bill, water your plants with mineral rich water, reduce stress on your sewage system, protect local waterways, and be an environmental steward in your community?

You can start with installing a 55-gallon barrel to catch rainwater.

The Rain Barrel Workshops, being held in partnership between the DEP’s Nonpoint Source Program and the City of Charleston’s Stormwater Department, will show how easy it is to install a rain barrel.

During the workshops aspects ranging from safety issues to installation procedures will be discussed. The first of five workshops is on Earth Day, April 22 at the DEP Headquarters in Kanawha City. A $10 registration fee for the Rain Barrel Workshop pays for each registrant to receive a 55-gallon barrel, parts kit, and instructions on how to install them. The complete list of Rain Barrel Workshops is:

    - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Kanawha City DEP headquarters
    - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Noon-1PM at Capitol Market in Charleston
    - Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Kanawha City DEP headquarters
    - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Noon-1PM at Capitol Market in Charleston
    - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Kanawha City DEP headquarters

Both Capitol Market workshops will come with lunch provided by The Purple Onion. These will be smaller workshops to accommodate the shorter time frame. To register for one of the workshops, email or call (304) 926-0499 extension 1098.

For more DEP news and information, go to Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about the Adopt-A-Highway, West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia NonPoint Source and Youth Environmental programs, connect on Facebook.


Jake Glance
(304) 926-0440