Nourishing Grassroots for Canada’s World Water Day

Press Release

Nourishing Grassroots for Canada’s World Water Day

HAMILTON ON, March 17th, 2015
In record numbers, Canadians are taking action in support of World Water Day (March 22nd). This year, they are turning to over 100 grassroots, non-profit organizations officially marking World Water Day by launching rain barrel sales to raise funds for their local projects. Whether it be donating to local or distant charities, providing assistance directly to those in need in their community, building beautiful outdoor spaces, or promoting sustainability, these schools, horticultural societies, service clubs, and faith-based groups, all recognize the importance of water conservation and the role rain barrels can play in the sustainable management of our limited water resources.

As we begin the annual transition from winter to spring, more Canadians than ever before have experienced the impact climate change can have on their reliance on water. Frozen pipes have been a significant issue for communities across Ontario and in neighbouring provinces, causing some residents to go more than a week without running water. Droughts and their resulting watering bans occur in many metropolitan areas each summer. In some areas rains and poor drainage lead to flooding at homes and rising water levels in our rivers. At the same time, municipalities are learning they will need to budget much more to fund repairs to related infrastructure. This year, World Water Day may deserve a little more of our attention like its better known relatives, Earth Hour (Mar 28th) and Earth Day (April 22nd).

World Water Day, first celebrated in 1993, was designated by the UN to highlight the importance of fresh water and to advocate for sustainable management of our water resources. “Water and Sustainable Development” is the theme for 2015 and focuses on all areas where water is linked to the future we want.

Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.

Canadians can do their part to conserve water while nourishing organizations that promote sustainable water practices by supporting a local rain barrel sale. Sale locations can be found at

Rain barrels provide a free source of water that is ideal for vegetables, trees, lawns and plants because it does not contain fluoride and chlorine which are added to many municipal water systems. Rain barrels can reduce flooding potential and divert rainwater from storm sewers thus reducing the introduction of surface contaminants such as oil into our natural waterways. When outdoor water restrictions are in place, water from a rain barrel can be used to wash vehicles, water lawns, clean floors and do laundry. Having a source of stored water can be beneficial if an emergency ever arises.

The website is presented as a resource for Canadians to share water related information and events. For more details on World Water Day, view our video by clicking here.



About – reclaims food grade barrels and re-purposes them as rain barrels. Once used to transport fruits and vegetables, they now offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. Partnering with various non-profit organizations, helps stage truckload fundraisers in communities across Canada with new communities added each week. Several municipalities distribute our newly manufactured rain barrels at a reduced cost to their residents. For more information, please contact Larry Pomerantz at [email protected]905-545-5577, or visit See the attached list for local community contacts and sale event information. is a proud supporter of the Ecologos Water Docs Film Festival, March 21 to 29 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. For more information, please visit

Local Community Contacts
(Click a partner name to visit their webpage.)

EcoClub of Pickering High School Ajax, ON
Glengarry Memorial Hospital Alexandria, ON
Madawaska Valley Lions Club Barry’s Bay, ON
Employment Help Centre – Vineland Community Beamsville, ON
Beaverton Agricultural Society Beaverton, ON
Quinte Christian High School Belleville, ON
James Hillier School Brantford, ON
Woodview Children’s Centre Burlington, ON
Preston Heights Community Group Cambridge, ON
Cannington Horticultural Society Cannington, ON
Lanark Navy League Carleton Place, ON
Chelmsford Valley District Composite School Chelmsford, ON
Chemainus Dry Grad Chemainus, BC
Vanastra Recreation Centre Clinton, ON
Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Cobourg, ON
Notre Dame Catholic School Cobourg, ON
Rossville School Coleville, SK
Crystal City Parklane Theatre Crystal City, MB
Kin Club of Drayton Valley Drayton Valley, AB
EMBRACE Events Etobicoke, ON
Thames Road Elimville Community Park Exeter, ON
OLG Mohawk Racetracks Flamborough, ON
1st Mildmay Scouting Formosa, ON
Aylmer United Church Gatineau, QC
Grimsby Kinette Club Grimsby, ON
Centennial CVI – Social Responsibility Club Guelph, ON
eMERGE Guelph Sustainability Guelph, ON
Optimists Club Guelph, ON
Hagersville Secondary School Hagersville, ON
Culture for Kids in the Arts Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Sings! Hamilton, ON
St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hamilton, ON
Community Living Hanover & Area Hanover, ON
Hazlet School Art Club Hazlet, SK
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council High Prairie, AB
Ingersoll Youth Advisory / Fusion Youth Activity Ingersoll, ON
3rd Kanata Venturer Company Kanata, ON
Forest Hill’s TreeGeneration Kitchener, ON
Emily Carr Public School London, ON
London Central Lions Club London, ON
Martintown & District Horticultural Society Martintown, ON
Merrickville Goes Green Merrickville, ON
County Sustainability Group Milford, ON
The Old Millbrook School Family Centre Millbrook, ON
Country Heritage Agricultural Society Milton, ON
Milverton Agricultural Society Milverton, ON
Friends of Ecological Environment Learning Minden, ON
Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga Mississauga, ON
Mount Brydges United Church Mount Brydges, ON
Victoria Cross Public School Mount Forest, ON
Lakeview Public School Council Nepean, ON
Stem Cells for Brynn Nepean, ON
Dr. Denison Secondary School Newmarket, ON
Windfall Ecology Centre Newmarket, ON
Harmony Place Support Services North York, ON
1st Omemee Scouting Orleans, ON
Club Écologique de l’École secondaire catholique Garneau Orleans, ON
Unifor Durham Regional Environment Council Oshawa, ON
62e Groupe Scout d’Ottawa Ottawa, ON
Autism Ontario Ottawa, ON
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Petawawa, ON
Friends of Honduran Children Adult Awareness Peterborough, ON
Holy Cross Eco-Schools Peterborough, ON
Kawartha Community Church Peterborough, ON
St. Theresa’s Elementary School Peterborough, ON
Beynon Fields Public School Richmond Hill, ON
Sault Ste. Marie Friendship Centre Sault Ste. Marie, ON
West Hill Highland Creek Lions Club Scarborough, ON
St. James Major Catholic Church Sharbot Lake, ON
Southampton Propeller Club Southampton, ON
St. Brieux Me to We St. Brieux, SK
Calvary Christian School St. Catharines, ON
Denis Morris Catholic High School St. Catharines, ON
Township of Woolwich Environmental Enhancement St. Jacobs, ON
St. Marys Kinettes St. Marys, ON
Lions Club of St. Thomas St. Thomas, ON
Sudbury Green Party of Canada Sudbury, ON
Sutton Kinettes Sutton, ON
EcoSuperior Thunder Bay, ON
Kinsmen Club of Timmins Timmins, ON
Brookside Public School Toronto, ON
Evergreen Toronto, ON
Heritage Park Public School Toronto, ON
Toronto Zoo Toronto, ON
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority Toronto, ON
Waterloo Cooperative Preschool Waterloo, ON
Father Leo J. Austin Green Team Whitby, ON
Erie Wildlife Rescue Windsor, ON
Girl Guides of Canada – Caddy Lake Camp Winnipeg, MB
St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Winona, ON

For the most up-to-date list of partners, visit