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Recycle the Rain: Rain Barrel Rebate Program opens Monday

April 8, 2016 9:54 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Save water and money with the Rain Barrel Rebate Program. The City of Red Deer is offering residents a rebate of up to $50 with the purchase of a rain barrel of their choice.

Rain barrels collect and store rain water that runs off the roof and can be used to water yards and landscaping, reducing the need to use treated water from the tap.

“When residents introduce a rain barrel into their yard, the results are beneficial in a number of ways for both The City and the household,” said Katina Tam, Environmental Program Specialist. “By using recycled water from a rain barrel that would otherwise come from the tap, residents will save money on their water bills, as well we’re saving treated drinking water for essential needs rather than on our lawns.”

Starting April 11, 2016, rebate application forms will be available:

  • Online through reddeer.ca/rainbarrels  
  • In Person – Pick up an application form from the first floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue)
    or from the Environmental Services front desk at Civic Yards (7721 - 40 Avenue)

“Water from rain barrels is great to maintain healthy soil as the collected water is free of chlorine,” said Tam. “It also decreases the amount of energy used by The City to treat and pump water, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. It’s an easy addition to anyone’s yard that has great benefits for the entire community.”

A limited number of rebates are available on a first come, first-served basis. A rebate of 50 per cent of the cost of the rain barrel, up to a maximum of $50, is applied to the household’s utility account. Applicants must have a City of Red Deer utility account, submit the receipt along with the application form and purchase the rain barrel within the 2016 calendar year.

For more information on the rebate program and guides to set up and maintain your rain barrel, visit reddeer.ca/rainbarrels.

For more information, please contact:

Katina Tam
Environmental Program Specialist
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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