Rain Barrel Demonstration Project Workshops by dfsdf224s


									 What Other People are Doing
    The city of Frankfurt Germany has      water to the downspout locations. The                                                                                                                               9.2
an extensive water management plan         water can then be removed from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  8.7                   This totals 35.8 m3 which represents a 6% increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in rainfall from the 1951-1980 average.
in place (see ‘The German Water            barrel by a garden hose, bucket or
Sector” on our website www.egt.ca for      watering can. The overflow must be                                                                                                                                              6.9
details).                                  designed to take water away from the
     Frankfurt has reduced its water       house foundations.
consumption by 20% over 1991/92                                                                                                                                             4.5                                                              4.2
levels. Contributing to this were          How much water do we
changes in consumer behavior and
upgrading       of    water     saving     need for our garden?
installations and fixtures. They are           A report done by Stanley
                                           Associates Engineering Ltd. “Rain                                                                          1.3                                                                                                     1.0
also providing a subsidy program to
encourage homeowners to use their          Catchment For Lawns and Gardens -
rainwater to flush their toilets, wash     A Strategy to Reduce Peak Water
laundry and water the garden. In           Demands” (see egt.ca) has created a
                                                                                                                                    Source:Environment Canada Climate Normals, 1971-2000
addition to substituting rainwater for     chart to determine the optimum
potable (drinkable) water for these        amount of storage to water a specific
things, domestic greywater gained in
significance. Greywater is the runoff
                                           size garden from a given roof
                                           collection surface, available at
                                                                                        Rain Barrel Demonstration Project Workshops
from the bathtub, shower, washbasin        www.egt.ca or if you do not have            Rain barrels, assembled from new, recycled or reused plastic barrels, are available by calling Brian Johnston at 433-7508,
or washing machine. In a water-            internet access, phone the Waste            or by making an online purchase at our secure site www.egt.ca. The purchase of a rainbarrel and monitoring your past
conserving household, approximately        Hotline at 496-5678 and we will mail        year's and following year's water bills entitles you to a free course from the Local Living workshop series or the Mini
60 litres of greywater are generated       you a copy.                                 Lawn-be Gone Edmonton Workshop. All workshops are offered on the main floor in the Donald Ross School, located at
per person each day. It is a constant          Using rainwater will replace the        10125-97 avenue (North of Telus Field), the new home of the Environmental Resource Centre.
volume of water and represents a           treated water currently used to water
constant resource. According to the        lawns and gardens. Your water and           Room A                                                                                                               All Day Lawn-be-Gone
publication, The German Water              sewer savings rate is currently 197.97                                                                                                                           Instructors: Chris Ford & Sandra Lange
                                                                                       Local Living Workshops Series
Sector, “ Greywater is only slightly       cents per 1000L (1m3) for less than                                                                                                                                This is an intensive, daylong version of the
                                                                                       We cover the following topics in our six, two hour
polluted: to a large extent free from      60,000L. For consumers who use over                                                                                                                              Mini-Lawn-be-Gone workshop.
                                                                                       workshops, Thursdays 9:30-11:30 am or 7:00-9:00pm.
feces, oily substances and solid           60,000L it is 201.68 cents per 1000L.                                                                                                                            Course Dates: June 8, 15, July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 10.
                                                                                       Pre-registration by phone is required-call 457-9519 to
matter; only slightly bacterially                                                                                                                                                                           Course Time: 10:00am-4:30pm
                                                                                       book a spot. Workshops are $10.00 per session.
contaminated; and furthermore has a        How can we conserve                         See egt.ca for course outlines                                                                                       Cost: $45 if you pre-register, otherwise $55
usable temperature.”
                                           water year round?                           Instructors: Karin Adshead & Brian Johnston                                                                          Make cheques payable to the Garden Institute of Alberta,
                                           1. Change to a low flow toilet. The
How do we reduce our                          new ones have a 2-button flush           • Composting Techniques &                                                                                            PO Box 68205 162 Bonnie Doon Mall Edmonton
water consumption?                                                                       Water Conservation Methods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June 12                          T6C 4N6. Please note “Lawn-be-Gone” on your cheque.
                                              for 3 and 6 litre flushes (check         • Rainbarrel Demonstration Project OPEN HOUSE
   In Alberta, we do not have the             www.egt.ca to purchase).                   Local and Global Perspectives on Irrigation. Come On Down and try                                                  Register for the Lawn-be-Gone Workshops by phoning
option of using our greywater yet. It is   2. Ensure you have a low flow shower          some free "Cool Hemp Non Dairy Dessert", courtesy of The Cool                                                      the Waste Hotline at 496-5678
presently illegal to do this, according       head. The new ones actually work,          Hemp Company Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 19
to the National Building Code for             and will reduce consumption from         • Permaculture: Earth-Friendly Landscape Design. . . . . . . . . . June 26
Alberta. The Code defines all water           20 litres to 9 litres per minute. You    • Organic Gardening & Safe Lawns for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 3
                                                                                       • Fruit Trees & Shrub Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10                          Chris Ford is an experienced organic gardener, educator
that exits a plumbing fixture to be           save natural gas as well as less                                                                                                                              and co-author of Lawn-be-Gone Edmonton.
                                                                                       • Greening Your Home: Lower your Impact
“black” water and required to go to the       water needs to be heated.                                                                                                                                     Dwayne Wohlgemuth is a member of the Rainbarrel
                                                                                         On the Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 17
municipal sewage treatment facility.       3. Use an aerator on your sink faucet.      • Alternative Energy Options: A Look at Solar                                                                        Demonstration Project Team, coordinates the U of A
                                              The lowest flow models are down            And Wind Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 24          Campus garden, is past design leader for the U of A Solar
How can we use our                            to 2 litres per minute                                                                                                                                        Vehicle Project and is studying engineering at the U of A.
                                           4. Install single lever controls for sink   Instructors:
rainwater?                                    and shower. Less time is required to     Karin Adshead is an experienced environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sandra Lange has an MSc in Solar Energy, recently
                                                                                                                                                                                                            finished her MDes at the U of A and created the design
    We can use our rainwater by               adjust the temperature.                  educator and lifelong gardener. She enjoys empowering                                                                for an eco friendly learning environment for an
disconnecting our downspouts and           5. Check for leaks in all the plumbing      people to make change-starting in their own backyard.                                                                Edmonton Elementary School.
storing the rainwater in a barrel. The        fixtures. Changing the washer in a       Brian Johnston, P. Eng., the Rainbarrel Demonstration
barrel should be placed on a smooth           tap handle is easy and stops drips -     Project team leader, is an experienced rainwater harvester,                                                          The Garden Institute of Alberta is a charitable, non-profit
durable surface such as sidewalk              check the library for help from a        educator and civil engineer.                                                                                         organization dedicated to biodiversity, organic agriculture
blocks, paving stones or a sturdy             plumbing book.                                                                                                                                                and gardening.
wooden deck. The house roof is the         6. Invest in a front load washing
collection surface and the eaves,             machine and water efficient              Room B
which need to be cleaned out for              dishwasher when upgrading -              Mini Lawn-be-Gone Edmonton                                                                                           Upcoming Complementary Events
optimum water delivery, transport the         or wash dishes by hand!                                                                                                                                       June 20 Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet: Investigating the
                                                                                       Instructors: Chris Ford and Dwayne Wohlgemuth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    impact of pesticides on childrens health. For
                                                                                         Offered on thursday evenings throughout the summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    professionals, teachers and parents.
                                                                                       with the exception of June 19th, which is the Rain Barrel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost $10.00.
                                                                                       Demonstration Project Open House. Come On Down and
Water conservation can be part of your landscape design!                                                                                                                                                            Primary Sponsor The Canadian Institute of
                                                                                       try some free "Cool Hemp Non Dairy Dessert", courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Health (CICH).
                                                                                       of The Cool Hemp Company Inc.
 • Rain barrels contain rain run-off, to be used for watering purposes.                                                                                                                                             Call 457-9519 to register. See
                                                                                         Create your own lawn alternatives with an introduction
 • On sites with a slope, contouring is applied - digging swales to trap rain.                                                                                                                                      www.earthchallenge.com for info
                                                                                       to water conservation, rainwater harvesting, organic
 • Dense plantings are used to create shade and lower soil surface                                                                                                                                          June 21 Edmonton's EcoSolar Home Tour
                                                                                       gardening, native plants and xeriscaping.
   temperature, thereby reducing evaporation.                                                                                                                                                                       see www.ecosolar.ca for details.
                                                                                       Cost $10 or free to Rainbarrel Demonstration
 • Mulches are used between plantings to reduce evaporation as well.                                                                                                                                        July 12 Bikeology-Celebrating the Bicycle and Ecology
                                                                                       Project participants
 • Use of native trees and shrubs that are adapted to your location.                                                                                                                                                12:00-4:00pm Beaverhills House Park 12-4pm
 • Compost worked into soil increases its organic content, which acts as a                                                                                                                                          see www.egt.ca for details.
   sponge to hold water in the soil.                                                                                                                                                                        August Tour of Edmonton Lawn-be-Gone front yards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    see www.egt.ca for details

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