Home H2O Program

Why Collect Rain Water?

Businesses and homeowners pay for water three times—once to buy it from a utility, once to heat it using natural gas or electricity, and once to dispose of it as wastewater.

In Colorado, it’s estimated that 1.2 gallons of water are consumed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used. 13% of the nation’s energy use is by the water sector.

About the Program

The Home H2O Program offered a discounted group-buy program for residential rain water barrels and DIY build-your-own rain barrel workshops from March through May, 2017.

The HomeH2OProgram and 4CORE will continue to provide outreach on water conservation and be a resource for residential rain water harvesting.

We reached at least 120 residents and can save up to 720,000 gallons of water collectivley in our region every year – enough water to fill roughly 1.2 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Rainwater harvesting is estimated to save 65% of outdoor water demand

HomeH2O Offered Two Paths to Choose for Water Conservation

Rain Barrel Group Purchase Program

4CORE’s Group Purchase Program is currently closed.

We sold 68 rain barrels… that’s approximately 408,000 gallons of harvested rain water for each person’s legal 110 maximum collection!

You can still purchase the IVY Rain Barrel through other online distributors such as Hay Needle.

Also find rain barrels at local stores such as Kroegers Ace Hardware or our local Home Depot. Home Depot also sells DIY kits for $31.


“DIY Build a Rain Barrel” Workshops

Hands-On Workshops provided the how-to construct your own rain barrel with recycled rain barrels and instruction for $38. We had over 60 participants in five workshops in the region who raved about the water conservation information by water harvesting professional, Doug Pushard from HarvestH2O .

Look for more of these popular workshops in the coming year.

Very informative and hands on.
Loved it all – the class prior was filled with invaluable info & hands-on rain barrel making was easy & a practical, logical, & progressive activity to teach the community
Great Agenda! Learning about water first and then building the rain barrel.

Images by Jennaye Derge of the Durango Telegraph and Laurie Dickson

Program Sponsors

Program Partners

Workshop Facilitator

Doug Pushard founded HarvestH2o.com over 10 years ago as a personal expression of his interest in the subject of rainwater catchment and water conservation. Doug has been published and featured in several magazines, including: ARCSA Newsletter, BUILDERnews, New York Times, High Country News, Back Home, EcoStructure, Green Fire Times, Home Power, Lowe’s Online, OnTap, Plenty, Santa Fe Real Estate Magazine, Santa Fean Magazine, Smart HomeOwner, SUN Monthly, Sustainable Santa Fe, Sustainable Taos, Timber Home Living, Taos News, Turf Magazine, Water Today, Fox News, Green Patriot Radio and others. Additionally, Doug has presented on rainwater and water conservation at conferences around the United States.

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