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Save Water, Save Money by Designing Home to Retain Rainwater and Use Greywater

rainwater and greywater workshops

Save Water, Save Money by Designing Home to Retain Rainwater and Use Greywater

Are you interested in saving on your water bill while keeping your landscaping healthy? Would you like to learn how to take advantage of simple strategies for conserving natural resources in your home and garden? If this sounds good to you, take advantage of these FREE upcoming events!

Free Workshops

Local non profit Daily Acts will present two events focused on incorporating sustainable landscape practices like rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse into your rebuild, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership. At these informative evening workshops, we will provide access to resources, products and designers who can help you plan for and install these systems at your site.

Each event will provide a brief presentation followed by a panel discussion with local experts and a mini expo to share resources, products, and connect with designers. These events will build on the optional features outlined in the scalable, easy-to-permit landscape templates found at Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership.

Retaining the Rain in Your Rebuild
Thursday, October 4, 6-8 PM, Free
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Did you know that a 1,000 sq ft roof can catch over 600 gallons of water from only 1″ of rainfall? If you’re thinking about taking advantage of this free resource from the sky, then this is the event for you!

Growing with Greywater in Your Rebuild
Thursday, October 18, 6 – 8 PM, Free
Utility Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, 95401
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Did you know that the average American family does 600 loads of laundry every year?  At 25 gallons per load, it means the average family uses 15,000 gallons of water a year to wash their clothes. Capture that laundry waste water for reuse is greywater. Water from baths and showers can also be captured as greywater and diverted to provide lots of water to irrigate the landscape of your home.  This workshop will provide all the information you need to get started on a greywater plan.

In addition to reducing your water bill, the potential ecological benefits of greywater recycling include:

  • Reduced freshwater extraction from rivers and aquifers
  • Less impact from septic tank and treatment plant infrastructure
  • Reduced energy use and chemical pollution from treatment
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Reclamation of nutrients
  • Greater quality of surface and ground water when preserved by the natural purification in the top layers of soil than generated water treatment processes.
Event Panelists include:
Jesse Savou from BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment Systems
Tom LeBlanc from Community Soil 
Sherry Bryan from Ecology Action
Damien McAnany & Patrick Picard from Equinox Landscapes
Chris Reamer from Go to the Garden
Christina Bertea from Greywater Action
Patty Hamilton from Harmony Farms Supply
Brock Dolman from Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s WATER Institute
Erik Ohlsen and Sebastian Bertsch from Permaculture Artisans

We hope to see you at these informative events!