The rainwater that falls on your roof could play an important role in protecting our nation’s rivers and streams. In celebration of Earth Month (April), River Network, a nonprofit organization that supports the protection and restoration of rivers and watersheds throughout the U.S., has again teamed up with Coca-Cola to expand the National Rain Barrel Program to more than 40 locations across the country.
Now in its ninth year, the National Rain Barrel Program provides an easy way for people to reduce water consumption and pollution from storm water runoff. In addition to a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola donates its used beverage syrup drums to be repurposed into rain barrels. The converted barrels collect rainwater that can be used for non-drinking household use.
See how Coca-Cola syrup drums are converted to rain barrels here:
Why Rain Barrels?
Where Can You Get A Rain Barrel?
During Earth Month and into early summer, River Network and Coca-Cola will support more than 40 rain barrel workshops in 24 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The National Rain Barrel program is part of River Network’s Reduce Your Water Footprint campaign. Local organizations may apply to the program to receive free materials and support for hosting public rain barrel building workshops.
Since 2008, Coca-Cola has donated more than 84,000 syrup drums to local charities, municipalities and schools to repurpose and install as rain barrels in their communities.
For more information Coca-Cola's water replenishment efforts please click here.
Major Rick Galeano is an active duty member of the U.S. Army assigned as a Fellow with the Training With Industry (TWI) Program with duty at The Coca-Cola Company.
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