Art students from Walton and Okaloosa County recently participated in a Rain Barrel Project sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton County. Rain Barrels were provided by the @BIAOkaloosaWalton, and painted with creative designs. They will be auctioned off during the annual Parade of Homes and the proceeds will go toward a special scholarship program for students looking for careers in the building industry, as well as back to the participating schools.  Schools from Walton County that participated are Paxton School, Walton Middle School, Freeport High School, Freeport Elementary School and Emerald Coast Middle School.  
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under a residential gutter down spout, or any spot where rain runs off of the roof.
Water collected with a rain barrel can be used to water plants, wash your car, or to top a swimming pool. It provides homeowners with a supply of free "soft water" that contains no chlorine, lime or calcium, making it ideal for gardens, flower pots, and car and window washing. A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water) and protects our valuable natural resources. Rain barrels divert water from storm drains, decreasing the negative impact of pollutant-laden runoff to our creeks, rivers and bay.
More pictures of the Rain Barrels can be found on the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa and Walton County, Inc.'s Facebook page