Educating city residents on the benefits of conserving water is the focus of a silent auction for rain barrels in addition to the rain barrel workshop.

Educating city residents on the benefits of conserving water is the focus of a silent auction for rain barrels in addition to the rain barrel workshop.

City Planner Chrissy Lingenfelter is organizing the first-ever rain barrel silent auction. Sixteen barrels are on display in council chamber at the Central Administration Building, and bids can be placed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Saturday.

Bids begin at $50 and also can be placed from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday before the rain barrel workshop begins at 10 a.m. The highest bid and judge’s favorite barrel will win prizes.

“Money raised by the auction will go to future education of stormwater quality,” Lingenfelter said

The barrels were donated by the Great Lakes Brewing Company and offered to artists during the Art-A-Palooza in August. Several of the barrels were painted by students in the Green Local Schools District. One was painted by Portage Lakes Career Center students. Nagy’s Collision Specialists donated and applied a clear coating on each barrel to help preserve the painting. Each barrel features a hose to point away from the house for overflow water in the case that the barrel fills.

“Rain barrels capture water off the roof, and then the water can be used for plants because rainwater is better for plants because it is not chlorinated and treated,” Lingenfelter said.  

The third annual workshop will feature speaker Bill Hoffman, owner of Water X Scapes who will discuss how to install a rain barrel and the benefits of it. The workshop is free. Reservations are not required, but encouraged. The event also will be live streamed on the city’s website and will be posted online after the event.

“Every year we have done the workshop, we get a lot of interested residents,” Lingenfelter said.  

More information can be found at www.cityofgreen.org/rain-barrel.