Rain barrel in­for­ma­tion session to­mor­row night

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As ma­ny as 200 Saint-La­zare re­si­dents must at­tend a rain barrel in­for­ma­tion session to­mor­row night, or risk losing the chance to buy the ves­sels at a re­du­ced cost.

Ac­cor­ding to town com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Elaine Ga­dou­ry, the 200-litre (45-gal­lon) rain­wa­ter bar­rels sold out in a mat­ter of mi­nutes when re­gis­tra­tion ope­ned on Au­gust 16 on Saint-La­zare’s web­site. “We have a long list of people wan­ting to buy more bar­rels, so we know how ma­ny to or­der if we do this again,” Ga­dou­ry said, ad­ding re­si­dents can al­so pur­chase rain bar­rels at ma­ny lo­cal hard­ware stores, though not at a re­du­ced price.

Thanks to a material grant, the town was awar­ded from Fonds Éco­mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té IGA and Jour de la Terre, re­gis­te­red re­si­dents will buy the Que­bec made rain bar­rels worth $87 for just $15 to­mor­row­night. Saint-La­zare ad­di­tio­nal­ly contri­bu­ted ano­ther $3,750 to the ef­fort.

Those re­gis­te­red must at­tend one of two 30-mi­nute in­for­ma­tion ses­sions given by the Al­ter Eco Com­pa­ny star­ting at 6:30 p.m. on Sep­tem­ber 2.

The rain bar­rels, that mea­sure ap­proxi­ma­te­ly 40-inches high by 22-inches wide, can col­lect up to 6,000 litres of wa­ter each year. Bar­rels are fit­ted­with cop­per taps that can be used like stan­dard­wa­ter taps.

The town says col­lec­ting rain­wa­ter in bar­rels can be a simple, eco­no­mic and eco­lo­gi­cal way to re­duce the use of drin­king wa­ter for out­door use. Once col­lec­ted, the rain­wa­ter can be used to wa­ter gardens and flo­wers.

To learn­more about the ini­tia­tive or to be pla­ce­don­the­wai­ting list, callLy­neMous­seau, En­vi­ron­ment Pro­jectMa­na­ger, at 450 4248001, ext. 248, or email lmous­seau@ville. saint-la­zare.qc.ca.

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