Converted syrup barrels were given to 35 people who attended a rain barrel workshop in June in the Paseo neighborhood. Another giveaway is planned this month.
The workshop was hosted by SixTwelve, 612 NW 29, a nonprofit that organizers describe as a “creative, sustainable community space” for such endeavors as art, music, film, gardening and cooking.
The event was organized by Sustainable OKC, partnering with the Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability and Great Plains Coca-Cola, which provided the barrels and conversion kits.
“These rain barrels connect to a home's existing rain gutter downspout and divert the water into the barrel. The water can then be used for watering gardens. It cannot be used for drinking or watering pets, however,” said the Office of Sustainability's Jennifer Gooden, who helped lead the workshop.
Greg Loveless, of Great Plains Coca-Cola, said the former syrup barrels had been washed and had two holes drilled into them, one for the gutter connection and the other for the faucet.
James Varnum and Ron Farrell of SixTwelve demonstrated how to assemble the rain barrel kits. The kits include a drain faucet, gutter connection and a saw to cut the hole into the downspout of the gutter to make the connection.
“Sustainable OKC, an all-volunteer organization, works to better the environment, economy, and the quality of life in Oklahoma City. We partner with other organizations within the metro to accomplish these goals, and are very excited to be part of the rain barrel workshops,” said Jennifer Alig, of Sustainable OKC.
“There will be more of these workshops held at SixTwelve and at various other locations throughout the metro,” Loveless said.
The next rain barrel workshop is scheduled for July 27 at SixTwelve.