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article imageCity of Vancouver sells rain barrels to save drinking water

By Karen Graham     Apr 30, 2016 in Environment
Vancouver - With water restrictions starting in two weeks, the City of Vancouver is selling rainwater collection barrels. The city is advising residents to use the rainwater on their gardens.
The city says using the rainwater will save on treated drinking water that is often in short supply during the summer months, reports CBC News.
The barrels went on sale Saturday, April 30 at the VanDusen Botanical Garden and will continue until 3 p.m. PST. Additionally, the barrels will be available for sale in various communities in May, reports MSN Canada.
The rain collection barrels will be on sale in various communities throughout May.
The rain collection barrels will be on sale in various communities throughout May.
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The barrels will cost $51 each and are easy to install, say officials.
"It is an easy-to-install system. You just hook it up to your house, it captures the rain during our rainy months and makes it available for irrigation of your garden during our hot dry summers," said Jennifer Bailey, water conservation program manager at the City of Vancouver.
Sale dates and locations:
Vancouver: April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 VanDusen Botanical Garden
Coquitlam: May 1, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 Mariner Service Centre
North and West Vancouver: May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ambleside Park
Langley: May 8, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Willowbrook Shopping Centre
Water Restrictions starting May 15
In Metro Vancouver, Stage 1 water restrictions are starting two weeks earlier than usual. Global News explains that this means residential lawn watering will be allowed on alternate days, depending on whether your address is even-numbered or odd-numbered. Watering can only take place between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Non-residential lawn sprinkling has a slightly different schedule, with watering of lawns taking place from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on alternating days depending on if the address is even or odd numbered. The Stage 1 water restriction also means homeowners cannot water cars or boats unless they have hoses with a spring-loaded cut-off.
There are fears that the coming summer will be so hot and dry that water restrictions will become longer. Last summer's dry, hot weather set a number of records. The dry conditions and low snow pack forced metro Vancouver to implement Stage 3 water restrictions in July last year.
In January, Inder Singh, the director of policy planning and analysis in Metro Vancouver's water services department, told CBC News this winter's rain and snow is no guarantee reservoir levels will remain high.
"The snowpack at this time of the year has a benefit to skiers but not for future water supply in the summer because it could effectively all be gone depending on the nature of the temperatures and everything else happening between now and the spring," Singh said.
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