Rain barrels up for grabs!
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.