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The Great Rain Barrel Sale

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If you missed out on getting a rain barrel last year, stop reading and contact 613-546-0000 immediately.  That’s right, it’s that wonderful time of year again, when Utilities Kingston virtually gives away 1,000 rain barrels.  Even though there’s a one per household limit in effect, the subsidized rain barrels have been a hot commodity in year’s past.  For a mere $30, you’ll become the proud owner of a rain collector that connects to your downspout, and is equipped with screen to keeps bugs and debris out, as well as a hose to help you water all your garden.  Did I mention that the City of Kingston delivers it to your door?

Still not convinced?  Well if I have to force you to save money, and the environment, then perhaps you just don’t get it.  From washing your car, to watering your plants, and powering that slip-and-slide, there are tons of uses for your average rain barrel.  I for one refuse to dump liquid gold (aka drinking water) on my lawn, and I am also convinced that it cuts down on the amount of water that ends up in my sump hole after a storm. Even if those reasons aren’t good enough for you, I bet you know someone who would love to receive one as a gift. Act quickly, operators are standing by.  Thanks to akeg for the image.

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4 thoughts on “The Great Rain Barrel Sale

  • May 12, 2009 at 9:04 pm
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    Rain barrels are, or should be, a no-brainer for anyone who does anything with an agricultural bent (flower or vegetables gardens, for instance). Strange that they’re illegal in three US states.

    The city’s deals on barrels and composters are too good a deal to pass up.

  • May 13, 2009 at 8:26 am
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    Just ordered mine. You could only get them after 8am today, but they are going fast. There is also a 3-4 week delivery time.

  • May 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm
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    Slightly OT, but on the same vein as re-using, my parental units believed that using grey dishwater on the vegetable garden produced better tasting veggies – something to do with minerals in the soap and grey water or some such hooey. Mind you I still do the same thing.

    Any rate, I’m with gordo, rain barrels a no brainer. And if you think that west nile laden mosquitoes might breed in the standing water, a tablespoon of vegetable oil on the surface will take care of the larvae very nicely…..

  • May 14, 2009 at 7:43 am
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    A screen on top of the barrel is an integral part of the product, so you shouldn’t have to worry about mosquito larvae.

    The barrels have sold very fast each of the three or four years this has been done by UK. The level of interest is very impressive!

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