April showers will not only bring the green, but help to save it, too.

April showers will not only bring the green, but help to save it, too.

For the first time, Grove City will offer a workshop to teach the public the benefits of using rain barrels during the rainy season.

The workshop will be taught by owners of Rain Brothers, a Columbus-based rain harvesting equipment company.

Based on their research, Columbus residents could save between $50 and $70 per month on their water bill in the rainy season with proper rain harvesting systems.

Jonathan Meier, a Rain Brother, said rain barrel users can save about $25 in treated water costs for every rainfall.

"It does add up quickly," he said.

Meier said about 560 gallons of water washes off an average-sized roof of 1,000 square feet for every inch of rain.

The workshop is from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.

Participants will learn the importance of water conservation, the benefits of rain barrels and how rain barrels are made and installed, said Linda Rosine, Grove City's environmental specialist.

The workshop fee includes a rain barrel ready to be installed. The cost is $30 for residents, and $35 for others.

Rosine said she had reserved 30 slots for the workshop and added nine more when the event became popular.

"If we get a huge response, ... maybe we'll have to do a second (workshop) later in the year," she said.

She said rain barrels collect rain water that otherwise would be lost to runoff, and help conserve water, especially during drought conditions.

Rosine said untreated water is great for indoor plants, birdbaths, the garden or lawn.

She said the city also wants to increase awareness and relieve stress on its storm sewer system.

Meier said storm sewer systems in Columbus were built decades ago. Since then, the amount of impervious surfaces -- such as asphalt, which won't absorb water -- has increased, keeping more water above ground. That sends more water into the storm sewer system and into the streets. The water can carry oils and other chemicals into rivers or streams.

"It's certainly an issue here in Columbus," Meier said. "I imagine it's the same in Grove City."

He said Columbus officials subsidize monthly rain-gathering workshops in the summer.

Rain water has another advantage.

"It's clear that plants respond better to rain water," Meier said. "The plants just perk right up."