On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Halton Region will host the first of four rain barrel truckload
sales events this year, as part of Halton’s water efficiency program to help encourage wise outdoor water use. Halton residents can purchase a rain barrel at a cost of $39.95, cash only, at any of the four truckload sales events. New this year, residents now have the option to pre-pay online before each rain barrel sales event and can also arrange for home delivery (at an additional cost), directly through the rain barrel supplier.
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. Water conservation is very important during summer months when water consumption can double due to the increase in outdoor activities such as filling pools and watering lawns. Since the first Halton Region rain barrel truckload sales in 2009, nearly 20,000 rain barrels have been sold, which at full use have the potential to save a combined total of up to 3.8 million litres of tap water.
The rain barrel truckload sales will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are scheduled at the following locations:
- Saturday, May 24, 2014 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Halton Regional Centre (parking lot “A” – enter at North Service Road)
1151 Bronte Road, Oakville view map
- Saturday, May 31, 2014 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Robert C. Austin Operations Centre
11620 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown view map
- Saturday, June 7, 2014 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Milton GO Station Parking Lot
780 Main Street East, Milton (Main Street, west of Thompson Road, across from the Superstore) view map
- Saturday, June 14, 2014 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Mapleview Mall (Lower parking lot by The Bay)
900 Maple Avenue, Burlington view map
For more information on the rain barrel sales events dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/rainbarrels. For more information about Halton’s water efficiency and conservation program, please visit www.halton.ca/waterconservation.
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