Cranbrook, BC (March 3, 2021) -- The City of Cranbrook begins offering its rebate program today for the installation of rain barrels.
The 2021 Rain Barrel Rebate program is offering 100 rebates at $50 each, 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.
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.
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, 2021 will be accepted.
For application forms and information about the Rain Barrel Rebate and water conservation, visit www.cranbrook.ca/index.php/residents/water-conservation/rain-barrel-rebate-program/.
With the application, you must include the original receipt, and a photo of the installed rain barrel. With the current situation around COVID-19, you can mail the application package to the City at 40-10th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC, V1C 2M8. You can also drop it off in our drop box at City Hall or email copies of all the necessary information to [email protected].