Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Purchase rain barrels (Change 105)

I think this is going to be one of my favourite changes.  I've been wanting to install rain barrels at our house since we moved here 8 years ago.  At almost $100 each, though, I had other priorities to spend my money on.  Enter the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton and (  They have teamed up to offer citizens of the city rain barrels at a discounted price.  For $55 each, I get a 220L recycled rain barrel (all barrels previously contained fruit, vegetables and other food grade items) and the spigot and parts to go with it.  This fundraiser benefits the Master Gardeners, while helping the average person be more environmentally-friendly.  I can't wait to see how much money I save in water costs, once my barrels are operational. 

Check the website for distribution locations in your area - you might get lucky like I did.


  1. Thanks for this info. This has been on my to-do list for a long time as well.

  2. Ooo nice. I recently set up my first rain barrel as well. Got it out of the trash though, which I'm realizing reading your post saved me a hell of a lot of money. The university nearby me has a big corral for their trash, and the guys who work there sometimes save us the barrels that they know haven't had any chemicals in them.

  3. Good luck, Melissa. I hope you find a rain barrel project in your city.

    Click clack gorilla - you are very lucky to get barrels for free. My BIL did as well, and ended up with about 20 of them. Unfortunately, I must pay for my products. :)