June 25, 2019

Cranbrook, BC (June 25, 2019) -- The City of Cranbrook is launching a rebate program starting July 2nd for the installation of rain barrels.

The program offers $50 per household for installing a rain barrel as a means of collecting rainwater from buildings and rooftops. Easy to install and usually inexpensive, rain barrels are an excellent way to conserve our drinking water supply. During the peak of summer, when water demand is highest and supply is the lowest, this collected water can be used for outdoor irrigation, reducing the need to use treated water from the tap.

Rainwater is naturally soft and free of minerals, making it better for plants and soil. Collecting rainwater with a rain barrel also reduces the amount of storm water run-off, preventing erosion and preserving creek health. By using water supply from a rain barrel, you can help reduce the need to use treated, potable water on your plants and garden, and have your own water supply during times of drought or water restrictions. Since rainwater is not treated, it is non-potable, so this water is not safe to drink or cook with.

The Rain Barrel Rebate program is currently offering 50 rebates at $50 each to begin, with a maximum of one rebate per household. Applying does not guarantee a rebate – each application will be evaluated and processed on a first come, first serve basis. 

To qualify for the rebate, you must be an owner of an existing residential building located with a valid occupancy permit located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cranbrook and connected to the City of Cranbrook water systems. Only valid applications of rain barrels purchased on or after January 1, 2019 will be accepted.

To apply, download the rebate program application or visit City Hall starting July 2, 2019. With the application, you must include the original receipt, and a photo of the installed rain barrel installed.

For more information about the Rain Barrel Rebate and other important water conservation information, visit www.cranbrook.ca/residents/water-conservation/rain-barrel-rebate-program/.

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