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Recycle the Rain: Rain Barrel Rebate Program opens Monday

April 7, 2017 11:03 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The City’s Environmental Initiatives team is ready to help residents save water and earn money with the annual Rain Barrel Rebate Program.

Residents can apply for a rebate of 50 per cent of the cost of the rain barrel, up to a maximum of $50, which is applied to the household’s utility account. Residents are encouraged to apply to the program early as there are a limited number of rebates available and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

“We want to make it easy for Red Deerians to conserve water by offering the Rain Barrel Rebate Program,” said Katina Tam, Environmental Program Specialist. “The program helps residents with the cost of the rain barrel by applying a rebate to their utility bill. Residents can continue to save money on their utility bills by using the collected rain water on their lawns and gardens, reducing the amount of treated tap water used.”

Starting April 10, 2017, 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)

“Collecting rainfall runoff in a rain barrel is great to maintain healthy soil because it is free of chlorine which is used in tap water,” said Tam. “In the summer months nearly 40 per cent of a household’s water use is for lawn and yard maintenance. Reducing the use of treated water saves you money on your utility bills and saves energy that would normally be used by the City water treatment plant.”

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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