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Trying to conserve water? New West's rain barrel program can help

As Metro Vancouver tightens water restrictions, rain barrels give residents another way to keep gardens green.
Conserve every drop: Keeping gardens watered during times of water restrictions can be challenging — but rain barrels can help. The City of New Westminster offers subsidized rain barrels for residents.

Want to keep your gardens green in New Westminster without using excess water?

The City of New Westminster offers a subsidized rain barrel program, and all residents are invited to take part.

With Metro Vancouver announcing that the region will move to Stage 2 watering restrictions starting next Friday, water conservation has become even more important in a challenging season.

Rain barrels can play a role in combating that.

“Rain barrel water is healthier for your plans as it is unchlorinated and oxygen-rich,” the city’s website points out. “A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from the roof to reuse on gardens, lawns, and hanging baskets.”

The city’s rain barrels have a capacity of 208 litres (55 gallons) and are built to accommodate existing downspouts.

Each barrel is available for a cost of $70 plus GST, for New West residents only. There’s a limit of one per household. (Proof of residency is required.)

You can pay in person by cash, credit card or check at city hall, or send an email to for order and payment.

Once payment is complete, pickup will be available at New Westminster City Hall between 9 a.m. and noon on multiple dates through the summer: July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23.

Check out the City of New Westminster water conservation page for full details.