Rain bar­rels up for grabs!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Stanstead Vic­to­ria Vanier

It costs the res­i­dents of Que­bec mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties mil­lions of dol­lars an­nu­ally, in prop­erty taxes, to treat the water that comes out of our taps, so why use it to wash your car or water your garden when there are other op­tions? One alternative is to use a water bar­rel to col­lect rain­wa­ter; it’s sur­pris­ing how fast it will fill up dur­ing a rain shower if con­nected to a down­spout. I’m not sure if it is bet­ter than tap water at clean­ing ve­hi­cles, how­ever, I do know it’s miles ahead of tap water when it comes to wa­ter­ing the garden.

With Earth Day fast ap­proach­ing, it’s held on April 22nd, the Fonds

Eco IGA is or­ga­niz­ing the distri­bu­tion of al­most 12,000 re­cy­cled rain bar­rels through its Que­bec gro­cery stores through­out the sum­mer. In Stanstead, seventy re­cy­cled rain bar­rels will be avail­able, for a min­i­mum fee each, through the Stanstead IGA on Fairfax Road. Rain bar­rels: a con­crete way to save water

Potable water is a pre­cious re­source that is of­ten used when high qual­ity water is not really needed for the job. By col­lect­ing rain water in bar­rels, and then us­ing that water for gar­den­ing and out­door clean­ing, the de­mand for treated water can be de­creased con­sid­er­ably.

Ini­tially used for the stor­age of olives, th­ese bar­rels, which each hold two hun­dred litres, find a sec­ond life and will, in just one sum­mer, col­lect an av­er­age of 4,800 litres each. They will be sold to peo­ple in­ter­ested at a cost of only $30, a sav­ings of at least $50 since new rain bar­rels can run at about $80 and more. If you are in­ter­ested in try­ing out this new sys­tem, you must reg­is­ter on­line at fond­sec­oiga.org to get your name put into a draw­ing for the $30 rain bar­rels since there are only a cer­tain num­ber avail­able at each IGA store (most Que­bec IGAs are tak­ing part in this distri­bu­tion of re­cy­cled, in­ex­pen­sive bar­rels).

“The dry con­di­tions that we en­coun­tered last sum­mer demon­strated the im­por­tance for mea­sures that fo­cus on the sup­ply of water. Thanks to the distri­bu­tion of al­most 12,000 bar­rels, we bring a con­crete so­lu­tion and we par­tic­i­pate in the preser­va­tion of this im­por­tant re­source,” men­tioned Pierre Lussier, vice-pres­i­dent di­rec­tor of Jour de la Terre Que­bec. Eco IGA Funds

Eco IGA Funds, man­aged by the Jour de la Terre Que­bec or­ga­ni­za­tion, are used to fi­nance projects that re­spond to com­mu­nity re­al­i­ties and that aim to pro­tect, to pre­serve and to en­hance the value of the en­vi­ron­ment in a sus­tain­able way. Since its cre­ation in June of 2008, the Fonds Eco IGA has fi­nanced more than five hun­dred projects in all the re­gions of Que­bec. To find out more visit www.iga.net/im­pli­ca­tion.

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