We are partnering with RainBarrel.ca to run a fundraiser selling rain barrels in Waterloo. Orders are now being taken for a June 22nd pickup at Kitchener Market. Rainbarrel.ca reclaims food-grade barrels to be reused as rain barrels, each of which comes fully equipped with a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor that permits multiple barrels to be connected in series, 1.2m of overflow hose and a spigot that attaches directly to a garden hose. The price is $50 per barrel, and barrels can be ordered online at www.rainbarrel.ca/indevours.
Rain barrels capture and store rainwater collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water, which is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. Collected water has a number of other uses including washing cars, cleaning floors, laundry and more. These many uses can provide cost savings and conservation opportunities for every homeowner, especially those who pay to have water trucked in, use a well or have a water meter installed. Environmental benefits of using rain barrels include reducing reliance and draw on city water, healthier plants because there are no additives such as chlorine in the rainwater, and reduces storm runoff that can pick up contaminants on its way into the local water supply.