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