Learn about greywater at two free workshops sponsored by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (led by Greywater Action). General greywater workshop: August 13th This workshop is sponsored by EBMUD. Learn how you can save water and keep your garden green with graywater! Greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great source of irrigation and can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought. Come learn about common and popular greywater systems, design considerations, water saving potential, costs, regulations, health and safety, soaps and products, and how to choose a system that is a good match for your home and landscape. This workshop is free but pre-registration is required and sponsored by the East Bay Municipal Utility District. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the date/title of the workshop in the subject line. When: August 13, 6:00-8:00 pm Where: Training Center, 2nd Floor, EBMUD Administration Building, 375 11th St., Oakland (downtown Oakland, close to the 12th Street BART station) Design and Install a Washing Machine Greywater System: September 10th Laundry to landscape greywater systems are simple, affordable, and easy to maintain. With your own L2L system you can irrigate your landscape each time you do laundry, saving you water, time, and resources. Experienced instructors will lead you step-by-step through the design process, tailoring a system to fit your home. This system is legal to install without a permit, just follow 12 basic guidelines you’ll learn about in class. Learn How to design a system for your home and landscape How to build a system- you’ll create a “mock-up” of a real system with real greywater parts What parts you’ll need for your home How much graywater you produce and how many plants you can water What soaps and detergents are “greywater friendly” When: September 10, 2014 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Training Center, 2nd Floor, EBMUD Administration Building, 375 11th St., Oakland (near the 12th street BART station in downtown Oakland) Cost: This workshop is free but pre-registration is required and sponsored by the East Bay Municipal Utility District. RSVP to email@example.com with the date/title of the workshop in the subject line. Bring: Photographs of your laundry room and landscape. Site plan of your yard.
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Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition Events with Brad Lancaster Brad Lancaster is an author, permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is passionate about not only rain water harvesting, but harvesting and enhancing other free resources such as sun, wind, and shade to build sustainable landscapes. Read more at www.harvestingrainwater.com Simple & Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enliven free local resources-such as rain, grey, and storm water, sun, wind, and shade, along with soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun – in a way that generates more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. This presentation covers simple, manageable small site projects DATES: Monday, February 10, 2014 TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: Hall of Flowers In Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue @ Lincoln Ave, San Francisco COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance and floods into opportunity. They empower you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and throughout your community. This presentation will focus on large projects and how to recreate our cities with fewer storm drains by reestablishing watersheds. DATES: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Lakeside Park Garden Center on Lake Merritt, 66 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal
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Rain Barrel Program Due to an outpouring of interest in the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, the City has exhausted its funds for subsidized rain barrels and the program is now officially closed. We appreciate your interest in rainwater harvesting. Please email us if you’d like to add your name to our mailing list to receive information on future availability of rain barrels, should new funding become available. Thank you for being a good water steward! How to Get Your Rain Barrel (for residents who have already placed their order) Store Pick Up: You can pick up your tank at the Urban Farmer Store, once you have received confirmation that your tank is available and in stock. Due to the overwhelming demand, most tanks will arrive about 45 days from the order date. The Urban Farmer Store is open M-F 7:30-5, Sat 9-5 and is located at 2121-C San Joaquin St, Richmond, just off the freeway between I-80 and I-580. Their phone is (510) 524-1604. Home Delivery: If you prefer home delivery, the cost is $30 for tanks less than $205 gallons and $60 for tanks over 205 gallons. Rain Barrel Distribution Events–West Oakland For residents picking up rain barrels, distribution events will now occur every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at American Steel Studios at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. **You must have a scheduled appointment to pick up your tank, so please call the Urban Farmer store to make arrangements (510) 524-1604. Note: 620 gallon tanks must be picked up at the Urban Farmer Store in Richmond and will not be available at the American Steel Studios site. Upcoming Workshops An in-depth rainwater installation workshop is being offered Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 1-4pm at Skyline High School. Please email us if you want to sign up. If you wish to be notified of future rain barrel workshops or events email us. Factors to consider when choosing your rainwater catchment system: Before you install – Plan your system so it does not cause erosion or allow water to concentrate near structures or another person’s property. For design assistance, contact a professional such as a landscape contractor, architect or engineer. See Information & Resources below, for a list of local rainwater resources & professionals. Soils – A variety of factors including slopes, soil types, high groundwater & stability may limit or prevent the use of certain capture systems. Soils range from having a high sand content to a high clay content, & therefore filter water at different rates. Consult with a professional to determine your soil type & the rainwater systems appropriate for your property. Mosquitoes – When implemented correctly, rainwater catchment systems do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Ensure that water infiltrates into the ground within five days or stored water is sealed & screened to prevent mosquito access. For more information, contact theAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
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