LTU teaches Lincolnites how to make rain barrels

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — It’s the time of year when Lincoln might get some soaking rains.

So the Transportation and Utilities Department is teaching people how to make rain barrels, holding the first of three classes on Wednesday.

Collecting rainwater in a barrel not only saves you money, but also reduces pollution, the city said.

“Stormwater runoff is the leading cause of water pollution,” said Erin Kubicek, an environmental health educator with the department’s Watershed Management Division.

She said everything from fertilizers to vehicle oil to antifreeze gets caught in the runoff from storms.

“The water picks it up, carries it, goes into the storm drain, and storm drains lead directly to the nearest water body,” Kubicek said.

There are no spots left in this year’s class, which costs $49 and includes the rain barrel.

To learn more, visit the division’s webpage.

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