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 email@example.com 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.