Registration is open for a pair of local workshops about rain barrels.

Registration is open for a pair of local workshops about rain barrels.

Grove City and Keep Grove City Beautiful will host the workshops at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. Aug. 18 at City Hall, 4035 Broadway.

The workshops will cover the importance of water conservation, the benefits of rain barrels and how rain barrels are made and installed.

"Everything and anything related to rain barrels" will be covered in the sessions, said Linda Rosine, environmental coordinator for Grove City's Parks and Recreation Division.

The barrels collect rain water that would otherwise be lost and can be useful for residents during drought conditions, allowing the untreated water to be used for indoor and outdoor plants, birdbaths, gardens and lawns.

"It's water conservation," Rosine said. "We're utilizing rain water that's coming out of the sky instead of tap water."

Rain water also is generally of better quality for plants than tap water, resulting in healthier plants and soil, Rosine said.

Not just any barrel will do, not without modifications, Rosine said. The barrels must be UV-stabilized, meaning they will not break down in sunlight, and be food-grade quality.

The fee to participate in the workshops is $40 for residents, $50 for nonresidents. The fee covers a barrel for each attendee to take home and install. When registering, participants must select either a 55-gallon white barrel or a 60-gallon black barrel.

For $20 more, participants can upgrade their barrels to 60-gallon decorative barrels with diverters. Those come in one of three colors: granite, moss or terra cotta.

Photos of the barrel styles are available for viewing at the city's website, grovecityohio. gov, under the label "Parks & Recreation News."

To register, call 614-277-3050.

The activity code 108361.04 should be used for the Aug. 15 class while 108361.05 should be applied to the Aug. 18 session.

Classes have a limit of 30 participants, Rosine said.

She said the rain barrel workshops began three years ago. The upcoming sessions will be the 13th and 14th conducted.

"They're very popular," Rosine said. "Pretty much all of our classes have been full."