RELEASE — Garden-lovers: celebrate spring – get a home-delivered rain barrel to capture spring showers for use in your garden. This spring, Utilities Kingston is offering rain barrels for sale to its customers. Order online or by calling 613-546-0000, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can order more than one rain barrel.
Delivery: The barrels will be delivered to customers’ homes. No delivery appointment is required, and customers do not need to be home to receive their rain barrel. Delivery will be contactless, and physical distancing requirements due to COVID-19 will always be maintained.
Cost: Rain barrels cost $56, including HST and contactless delivery. This charge will be added to the customer’s Utilities Kingston bill.
Availability: Rain barrels are available to residents of the municipality of Kingston, who receive a utility bill from Utilities Kingston.
These rain barrels hold approximately 210 litres; have a child-proof lid and mosquito/debris screen to keep water in the barrel clean and free of pests; and may be connected to other barrels to increase water capture capacity.
Rain Barrels Conserve Water and Energy
Rain barrels help protect the environment by reducing the amount of treated lake water used for watering gardens, and by diverting rainwater from the sanitary and storm sewer systems. They help conserve energy by reducing the amount of water and wastewater that Utilities Kingston needs to pump and treat – and save you money by lowering your water consumption. Give your growing garden some love with rain water; it contains minerals that make it better for plants than treated tap water.
How to Install Your Rain Barrel
Rain barrels are easy to install. Just follow these steps or watch Utilities Kingston’s video:
1. Place the rain barrel on a platform two to three feet off the ground.
2. Cut the existing downspout above the top of the rain barrel then re-install the downspout elbow so that it sits just above the centre of the barrel’s screen. Alternatively, you can use a downspout diverter and run a hose to the rain barrel while leaving the downspout in place.
3. Punch out the overflow hole on one side of the barrel, then connect the barrel’s overflow hose and direct it away from the foundation of your home.
4. In the winter, simply turn the barrel over so that water does not accumulate and freeze, then re-install the downspout to direct water away from your foundation.
Multiple rain barrels can be installed in tandem to increase capacity.
You work hard for your garden! Plants prefer rain water. Show your garden some love – get it a rain barrel. For more information or to order online, visit utilitieskingston.com; or call 613-546-0000, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.