Transition Sooke to host rainwater harvesting workshop

Three-hour workshop takes place Nov. 2

Transition Sooke is offering a free rainwater harvesting workshop on Nov. 2.

The three-hour workshop explains the rationale for rainwater as a resource and gives instructions on developing a workable and sustainable harvesting system, and is facilitated by Ken Nentwig, an educator with Gaia College and a consultant with the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management.

“I’ve experienced well water running dry in seasons lacking rainfall and I see the benefits of harvesting,” said Sue Lister, one of the workshop’s organizers.

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“I am concerned about the effects of climate change on the rainfall pattern in the Sooke Region. Instead of the slow but steady rainfall throughout the winter months, we are now seeing shorter, but more torrential rainfalls. This type of rainfall does not allow water to penetrate into the ground.

“Groundwater wells, especially in the Otter Point area, are running dry. We need to look at ways to capture and conserve rainwater for irrigation and potability.”

The workshop takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 1962 Murray St.

Donations will be accepted.

For more information, email Transition Sooke at sooketransition@gmail.com.


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