Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are a "double-duty" piece of green infrastructure that can be used to collect and distribute water during dry summer months, and manage and reduce the impact of our rainwater during wetter months. The City promotes the use of two-season rain barrels as they have a low-level drain that can be closed in the summer months to collect water, and opened during the winter months to ensure a maintenance free operation. Rain barrels can be coupled with distribution or soaker hoses to allow regular watering of dry garden beds and shrubs, or for regular dedicated watering of water hungry areas during light rains. By using a two-season rain barrel, the rain that is collected in wetter months can be spread into garden areas to slowly infiltrate and soak into the soil, thereby easing the stress on our urban drainage system and our creeks and ocean areas.

WIN a Rain Barrel

Answer our simple skills based questions and you could win a Rain Barrel.

How to enter:

  • Answer this simple question: How many litres does the Rain Barrel hold? Hint – check out our poster
  • Send your answer to this email address: contests@cnv.org
  • Closing date: Tuesday, May 3
  • The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by Wednesday, May 4.
  • The winner must pick-up their rain barrel either at the Rain Barrel Sale at Ambleside Park on May 7 or at City Hall after the sale event during business hours.
Answer this simple question: How many litres does the Rain Barrel hold? Hint – check out our poster
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