Rain barrel sales in Blackburn a success!

Published in The BANAR August 2023
Miriam Hampson

This year, the BCA partnered with RainBarrel.ca to sell rain barrels to our community. RainBarrel.ca reclaims food grade barrels and repurposes 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, RainBarrel.ca helps stage truckload fundraisers in communities like ours across Canada. The BCA sold over 80 rain barrels and 40 miscellaneous parts!

Rain barrels provide a free source of water that is ideal for vegetables, trees, and plants because it does not contain fluoride and chlorine, which are added to many municipal water systems. They enable residents to collect water through the rainy season for use during dry summer months. When outdoor water restrictions are in place, water from a rain barrel can be used to wash vehicles and water lawns. Having a source of stored water can be beneficial if an emergency ever arises. Rainwater also has the benefit of being a similar temperature as the air, and does not shock plants’ roots like tap water does.

The BCA will receive $10 from every rain barrel sold; and $2 from each downspout diverter, stand or flower pot sold. Proceeds will support BCA initiatives. Thank you to the BCA team for helping distribute the many barrels to community members and to the new rain barrel owners for their purchase. Truly a win-win for everyone – while helping protect and preserve our water resources for a better planet!

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