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Rain barrel program

Garden-lovers: celebrate spring – get a home-delivered rain barrel to capture spring showers for use in your garden. This spring, Utilities Kingston is offering rain barrels for sale to its customers.  Order online or call 613-546-0000, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can order more than one rain barrel.

Delivery

The barrels will be delivered to your home. No delivery appointment is required, and you do not need to be home to receive your rain barrel. Delivery will be contactless, and physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19 will always be maintained. 
Contactless deliveries will start during the first week in May. Generally, your rain barrel will be delivered four-to-six weeks after the time you order it. Due to popular demand in 2021, and a higher than usual number of orders, delivery could take a little longer. We will do our best to deliver rain barrels as quickly as possible, and apologize for any delay.

Cost

Rain barrels cost $56, including HST and delivery. This charge will be added to your Utilities Kingston bill.

Availability 

Rain barrels are available to residents of the municipality of Kingston, who receive a utility bill from Utilities KingstonThe sale of rain barrels ends September 30, 2021.

Benefits

  • Rain barrels help protect the environment by reducing the amount of treated lake water used for watering plants and lawns, and diverting significant quantities of rainwater from the sewer system during storms.
  • They help conserve energy by reducing the amount of water and wastewater that needs to be treated and pumped.
  • Rain water contains minerals that makes it a healthier choice for plants than treated tap water.
  • Finally, rain barrels save you money by lowering your monthly water consumption and reducing the volume of water that must be treated and considered in infrastructure upgrades.

Installation and maintenance 

    Rain barrels are easy to install - just watch our video!

    1. Place the rain barrel on a platform two to three feet off the ground. This will help maintain water pressure in longer hoses.

    2. Cut the existing downspout above the top of the rain barrel then re-install the downspout elbow so that it sits just above the centre of the barrel’s screen. Alternatively, you can use a downspout diverter and run a hose to the rain barrel while leaving the downspout in place.

    3. Punch out the overflow hole on one side of the barrel, then connect the barrel’s overflow hose and direct it away from the foundation of your home.

      Multiple rain barrels can be installed in tandem to increase capacity.

    Visit Utilities Kingston's Water Conservation Garden  at 1211 John Counter Blvd. to see a rain barrel installation demonstration

    In the winter, simply turn the barrel over so that water does not accumulate and freeze, then re-install the downspout to direct water away from your foundation.

    Rain barrel features

    Rain barrels are available in beige, have a capacity of approximately 210 Litres, and are approximately 34” high by 24” wide. They have a child-proof lid and mosquito/debris screen to keep water in the barrel clean and free of pests. They may be connected to other rain barrels to increase water capture capacity, and feature a high-quality spigot and tap.

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