The Edmonton Rain Barrel Project

Contain Your Rain!
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Pick up
Your Barrel!

Telephone 433-7508
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for a pickup time.

Contain Your Rain Workshop schedule

What Size Barrel Do You Need?
Did you know that the average Edmonton family uses 20 cubic metres, or 20,000 litres of water per month? For the average family, this amounts to close to 260 litres per day for each person.
What is the Project?

Why Rain Barrels?

Get Your Barrel Now!

Why is Water so Important?

How else can I conserve water?

Grey Water Recycling

Water Use

Water Related Links


Barrels as Shown Above, Left to Right
Size (Litres) Colour Features Price
Including GST
2270 White NEW Product! Not shown in picture.
New barrel - cylinder - 48w x 90h
comes with installed retrofit kit
$780.00
1250 White NEW Product! Not shown in picture.
New barrel - cylinder - 35w x 86h
comes with installed retrofit kit
$500.00
1000 Green, Beige, Grey New barrel - octagonal cylinder - 36w x 72h
comes with Overflow, Tap, Garden Hose Connection, New Barrels
These are also available in gray granite and brown granite colors for an additional $50
$440.00
700 White NEW Product! Not shown in picture.
New barrel - elliptical cylinder - 28"/30w x 60h
comes with installed retrofit kit
$440.00
500 Green, Beige, Grey New Barrels - Octagonal cylinder - 30w x 60h
comes with Overflow, Tap, Garden Hose Connection
These are also available in gray granite and brown granite colors for an additional $50
$275.00
400 White Reused Food Barrels
comes with Overflow, Tap, Garden Hose Connection,
$250.00
200 Black, Orange, Grey Reused Food Barrels - cylinder - 24w x 36h
comes with Overflow, Lift off lid, Garden Hose Connection
$135.00
200 Blue, White Reused Food Barrels - cylinder - 24w x 36h
comes with Overflow, Lift off lid, Garden Hose Connection
$120.00
Other Parts
Item Features Price
Retrofit Kit Fittings needed to retrofit any barrel into a rainbarrel. you need to supply is the appropriate length of 3/4 inch diameter garden hose. Includes 1-female garden hose fitting 1-screening bucket with filter bag, 1-90 degree elbow, 1-T fitting, 2-bulkhead fittings, 1-male garden hose adapter, 12 feet of discharge hose, 1-hose clamp, 1-Y ball valve.
$60.00
On/Off Valve "Y" metal ball valve to Control Water Flow $15.00
On/Off Valve "Y" plastic ball valve to Control Water Flow $10.00
Adapter Adapter to hook garden hose to barrel overflow $5.00


What is the Project?

The project is to learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting to yourself and socity. It is all about being more conscious of our treated water consumption and the possibility of collecting and using the rain that falls on our roof.

There are 3 components to the project:

  1. Take the Contain Your Rain Workshop, where you will make your own rainbarrel and learn some of the finer points of rainwater harvesting. We will also cover other ways you can reduce your purchased water consumption
    Contain Your Rain Workshop schedule

  2. Tabulate your purchased water consumption from your water bill for the year before and the year after the installation of your rainbarrel.
    Tabulate your water consumption chart

  3. Compare your improvement with the Provincial Water Strategy, which has a long term strategy to increase overall efficiency and productivity of water use in Alberta by 30% by 2015

The Rainbarrel Project was started in 2002, and is supported by the Energy Efficiency Association of Alberta, the Solar Energy Society of Canada - Northern Alberta Chapter, the City of Edmonton - Waste Management Branch Master Composter/Recycler Program, Environment Canada EcoAction 2000 Program, Green Communities Edmonton Association, EnerGreen Technology, Polyrama Plastics, and the Sombrilla Refugee Society. The project promotes rainwater harvesting and the associated benefits of storing rainwater.

Why Rain Barrels?

Rainbarrels and rain water storage have many benefits. They do many things, including the following:

  • Decrease the use of treated potable water for outdoor uses such as plants
  • Decrease energy consumption that would normally be required to treat and pump the water and waste-water
  • Decrease storm water runoff, since the water seeps into the groundwater when used to water gardens and lawns
  • Decrease the flow to municipal waste-water treatment centres and hence the demand for waste-water treatment
  • Decrease the chance of live sewage dumps into the North Saskatchewan River when the sewage system overflows during heavy precipitation
  • Decrease the demand for new capacity at water and waste-water treatment plants
  • Decrease your water bill
  • Promote gardening

Get Your Barrel Now!

You can pickup your rainbarrel by telephoning Brian Johnston at 433-7508 to arrange a pickup time.

How many rainbarrels do you need? A study was done in Edmonton, and a sizing chart was produced. To determine how many barrels you need for your size garden, check out this sizing chart.

For information on Alberta's Water Management plan, visit www.waterforlife.gov.ab.ca. Would it be possible to reuse grey water as a strategy for water conservation in Alberta?

Why is Water So Important?

Water is the blood of the earth, and a necessary component of all life. A human can survive a long time without food, but only a few days without water. Since water is so necessary for all living things, and not always in plentiful supply, we must use it wisely. Old toilets that flush 20 or more litres of perfectly drinkable water every time we use the washroom are not a wise use of water. New low-flush toilets use 6 litres.

Contact Energreen Technologies

Energreen Technologies has been providing quality rain barrels and advice on rainwater collection for several years. Contact us by telephone at 780-433-7508 or by email at brian.johnston@egt.ca

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