Rain Barrels Fund Local Non-Profit Organizations
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, April 30, 2011 – Several Ottawa non-profit groups will host truckload sales of rain barrels on Saturday May 7th at various locations. Rain barrels will be sold for $55 each and funds raised will support the participating non-profit organizations.
In response to the recent city watering ban these sales have been put in place to assist local residents with their watering needs. Rain barrels capture and store rain water collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water which is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. Rain barrels divert clean water from sewer systems and can provide cost savings for homeowners who currently pay to have water trucked in or who have a water meter installed.
Three sale sites have been confirmed for May 7 from 9 AM to 1 PM – organized by Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church to be held at Fallowfield Park and Ride, by The Manotick Village and Community Association at the Centennial Arena and by Kanata St. Anne Catholic School and Kanata-March Horticultural Society at Earl Armstrong Park and Ride. Rain barrels must be preordered online at www.RainBarrel.ca
Each rain barrel available through these sales is equipped with a mosquito and leaf debris filter basket, an overflow hose, an outlet to join rain barrels together in series and a spigot at the bottom which can be connected to a standard garden hose. These environmentally friendly products were once used to import fruits and vegetables and have been refurbished and repurposed to offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. They are available in terracotta, a colour similar to clay pottery. All orders must be placed online in advance at www.RainBarrel.ca or by calling 905-545-5577.
Eligible Ottawa residents may apply for a $50 rebate to help cover the cost of their rain barrel (see eligibility at www.ottawa.ca). These barrels meet all City of Ottawa rebate criteria.
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About RainBarrel.ca – RainBarrel.ca reclaims food grade barrels previously used to import fruits and vegetables to be reused as rain barrels. Partnerships with local non-profit organizations result in fundraising truckload sales events for dozens of communities in Ontario including Ottawa. For more information, please contact Larry Pomerantz, [email protected], call 905-545-5577 or visit www.RainBarrel.ca.