The Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) program and the Livingston Green Team in conjunction with The New Jersey Clean Communities have joined forces have joined forces in continued efforts to promote water conservation within the community. Livingston residents will have an opportunity to paint and build their own rain barrel in a series of workshops that are open to family participation. Participants will have the opportunity to paint a design of their choice onto a pre-primed barrel. Paint and supplies will be provided. A member of the Livingston Green Team will give a powerpoint presentation on the benefits of rain barrels for watering lawns and gardens, mitigating stormwater runoff, and how to build a rain barrel for residential use. Participants will be shown step-by-step how to build their own rain barrel and learn how to install it at home.
“The rain barrel workshops are part of a LYCS sponsored environmental initiative which is focused on water conservation,” explained Susan Ridley, Township of Livingston Program Supervisor for Community Services and LYCS. “This project not only helps to conserve water, but is also a recycling project. Each of these rain barrels are made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) food grade plastics which have been previously used to store foods such as olives, cranberries, pickles etc… and are now used to benefit the environment by conserving water as well as beautifying the garden.”