Every home in Ontario needs a rain barrel connected to their downspout.
Homeowners can conserve water (both indoors and outdoors) by adopting simple conservation strategies. Think of the money you’d save if you could let Mother Nature cover the costs of watering your yard. Let it rain then reap the rewards by collecting and utilizing your rain water.
Since ancient times, rain barrels and other containers have been used to collect rainwater. This water, used in periods of drought and as an alternate water source has been captured by many cultures, including those of Meso-America, the Middle East and Ancient Rome.
Today, rain barrels are gaining popularity and are becoming more common. With the exception of replacing the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers with companion planting and composting in your garden practices, installing a rain barrel is perhaps the best step toward ‘greener gardening’ that you can make.
By purchasing and installing a barrel, you’re not only helping to reduce strain on our municipal infrastructure, saving money on your water bills but also raising money for future environmental initiatives within our community. Most barrels are made of reconditioned food grade 220 Litre plastic containers featuring top filter baskets or screening over drilled holes, overflow spout and bottom spigot with garden thread to hook up your lawn-care system.
Diverting water from your downspout has several advantages:
¨ Lowers the percentage of roof top rainfall as a component of urban runoff
¨ Backup source of water during times of drought or between rain showers
¨ Helps to keep our creeks and beaches clean and free of sediment runoff
¨ Great for delicate houseplants
¨ Saves you money by lowering your water bill
¨ Reduces the need for additional tax dollars earmarked for sewer expansion
¨ Chlorine-free water helps maintain a healthy biotic community in the soil
¨ Educational tool for teaching residents about water conservation
The time has come for us to find solutions for rising water costs, stressed water systems and dwindling resources. Since water is so necessary for all living things, and not always in plentiful supply, we MUST use it wisely. By capturing rainwater, you’ll be providing the best available water for your plants that is soft, pure, aerated, at a perfect temperature and free! Your garden will never look better.