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DETROIT (AP) — An annual event to help people conserve water by using rain barrels is scheduled for this weekend in Detroit.

Saturday's workshop at Rivard Plaza along the Detroit RiverWalk is free, but if participants want to make one to take home they must purchase it by Wednesday. Barrels may be purchased online at a discounted rate of $50 from Maxi Container Inc.

Participants will learn how to capture rainwater in barrels from the roofs of their homes to use for gardens, landscaping or washing vehicles. The barrels help cut water bills and keep water runoff from entering the sewer system.

The "Rain Barrels on the Riverfront" event runs from 10 a.m. to noon. It's organized by the Sierra Club, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Maxi Container.

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Online:

http://www.mirainbarrel.com/signup

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