HomeH2O Program

Why Collect Rain Water?

You 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 2018 Program

We’re bringing back the discounted group-buy program for residential rain water barrels. The rain barrels will be offered at 50% off their retail price and include all the parts and instructions needed to get started saving water.

In 2017 we reached at least 120 residents and the potential is there to save up to 720,000 gallons of water collectively in our region every year – enough water to fill roughly 1.2 Olympic-size swimming pools. That’s about 6,000 gallons per 1,000 square feet of roof during the rain water collecting season, March-October.

Interested in Purchasing Rain Barrels Through the Group-Buy at 50% Off Retail Price?

Purchase the Ivy Rain Barrel now! We’ll announce the pick-up date soon. Pick-up will occur at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Make sure we have your contact information and we’ll  email you with details and date. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Call us at 970-259-1916, ext 110 for more information!

Rain Barrel

What’s new with HomeH2O & Rainwater Harvesting ?

Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Sites Coming to Your Neighborhood!

Through the generous support of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Southwestern Water Conservation District and La Plata County in recognition of the importance of water conservation education and practices, 4CORE is designing and installing three rainwater harvesting demonstration sites at the Powerhouse Science Center, the Pine River Library and the Bayfield Elementary School. Look for the completed sites later this summer.

2017 “DIY Build a Rain Barrel” Workshops

Hands-On Workshops provided the how-to construct your own rain barrel with recycled rain barrelsWe 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 .

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

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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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