More than ever, people are becoming interested in protecting our water supply. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to conserve water is the use of rain barrels.

During a good rain, a rain barrel can be filled in just a matter of minutes.  The water harvested in a rain barrel can be used to water outdoor plants, flowerbeds and small lawns.

The city of Waxahachie’s Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Ellis County Master Gardeners, have planned a class to instruct residents on how to construct a rain barrel.  The class will also discuss water conservation and some of the benefits to using captured rainwater.

The class will be held from 7-9 p.m. June 18 at the Parks and Recreation building, 401 S. Elm St. The cost is $30 per person. All materials will be provided and, at the end of class, each participant will take home a completed rain barrel.

The deadline to register is June 11. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first come, first served basis. Those interested may register in person at City Hall, 401 S. Rogers, in the Utility Department downstairs.

For more information, contact John Smith, Parks and Recreation director, at 972-937-7330, ext. 181, or Amy Hollywood, community relations manager, at 972-937-7330, ext. 284.