Sarasota Rotary Club volunteers placed the Rain Barrel Demonstration project at City Hall. The rain water will be used to water several potted plants, existing beds and areas where a sprinkler is currently used. The educational component will serve to teach residents how to make a rain barrel collection at home in an easy step by step process. Signage will be placed to direct people to the site and to describe the project. The project was donated by the Rotary Club of Sarasota, Eco-Essentials and Artisan Signs. Over $800.00 in in-kind labor, material, and design services made the project possible. Take a look at the project outside City Hall on 1st Street.
When you save water, you save money and energy and you help save the environment. The City of Sarasota has several water-saving tips that will help you conserve water in your home.:
Most of the water used in your home is used in the bathroom. A toilet uses five to seven gallons for each flush and a shower uses five to ten gallons per minute. Check for leaks in the toilet tank or bowl which can waste thousands of gallons of water a day.
Water can also be saved in the kitchen. When cooking most foods, use less water and put a lid on the pot. Plug the drain or use a pan of water when washing vegetables. The water can later be poured onto houseplants. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Load the dishwasher to capacity. A partially filled washer wastes water and energy.
Water can also be saved outdoors. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways. Water your lawn slowly and thoroughly during cool morning or evening hours when there is little wind. And don't waste water by letting it run on sidewalks, the driveway and into the street.
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For More Information on the City of Sarasota's Environmental Management
Please contact: Alison Albee at 941-365-2200 x. 6317