Halton Region rain barrel truckload sales start May 11

On Saturday, May 11, Halton Region will hold the first of four rain barrel truckload sales events to help encourage wise outdoor water use. Halton residents can purchase a rain barrel for their home at a cost of $40, cash only, at any of the four truckload sales events.

Rain barrels are a valuable water conservation tool. By diverting water from a downspout into a rain barrel, residents are able to catch rain water and store it for future use to water their garden, flowers and shrubs.

Since the first Halton Region rain barrel truckload sales in 2009, over 16,500 rain barrels have been sold, which at full use have the potential to save a combined total of over 3 million litres of tap water

Conserving water is especially important in the summer months when water consumption can often double from an increase in activities such as lawn watering and car washing. Every effort residents can make to limit their outdoor water use helps to ensure there is a continuous supply of water for essential and emergency services like firefighting.

The rain barrel truckload sales will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and are scheduled at the following locations:

Saturday, May 11rain barrel
Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown

Saturday, May 25
Milton GO Station Parking Lot
780 Main Street East, Milton (Main Street, west of Thompson Road, across from the Superstore)

Saturday, June 1
Halton Regional Centre (parking lot “A” – enter at North Service Road)
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville

Saturday, June 8
Mapleview Mall (lower parking lot by The Bay)
900 Maple Avenue, Burlington

For more information about the rain barrel truckload sales events or the water efficiency program please access Halton Region at by dialing 311 or visiting www.halton.ca/waterconservation.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”