Rain barrels available ‘at cost’ for Utilities Kingston customers

The new recyclable rain barrels, introduced in 2022, are repurposed from durable plastic barrels that were once used to store food. They are terracotta in colour, hold 220 litre/55 gallons and include a leaf and mosquito filter basket, spigot/tap, overflow adaptor and overflow hose.
Image via Utilities Kingston.

Utilities Kingston customers looking to buy sustainable products and take climate action – take note! The utility company is again offering repurposed rain barrels that help divert waste from landfill and reduce treated water use.

“By using a rain barrel, you’ll reduce your use of treated water. It takes lots of energy to pump and treat water, so saving treated water reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” said Caro Casista, Conservation Coordinator for Utilities Kingston. “We’re pleased to offer customers a product that also diverts waste from landfill. These rain barrels are repurposed from durable plastic barrels that were once used to store food.”

According to a release from Utilities Kingston, customers can get a home-delivered rain barrel to capture spring showers for their garden. Utilities Kingston customers can order two rain barrels per utility account. 

The rain barrels are available by order to residents of the municipality of Kingston, who receive a utility bill from Utilities Kingston. According to the release, orders must be placed by the account holder. Quantities are limited and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Utilities Kingston said the barrels will be delivered to the service address on the account. No delivery appointment is required, and customers do not need to be home to receive their rain barrel.

Rain barrels cost $71, including HST and contactless delivery. This charge will be added to the customer’s Utilities Kingston bill as a one-time payment.

According to the release, Utilities Kingston provides the rain barrels ‘at cost’ and does not profit from the sales.

The utility company also provided the following details:

These rain barrels are repurposed from durable plastic barrels that were once used to store food and come with a ten-year manufacturer warranty (two years on parts). They are terracotta in colour, hold 220 litres (55 gallons) and include a leaf and mosquito filter basket, spigot/tap, overflow adaptor and overflow hose. Dimensions are approximately 23 inches (58.42 cm) wide and 38 inches (96.62 cm) tall. The barrels weigh approximately 20 lbs (9.07 kg).

Rain barrels help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Here are a few of the environmental benefits of using a rain barrel:

  • By reducing the energy used to pump and treat water, it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Rain barrels help divert rainwater from the sanitary and storm sewer systems.
  • Rain barrels save you money by lowering your water consumption.
  • Rainwater contains minerals that are beneficial for plant growth.

How to install your rain barrel

Rain barrels are easy to install. Just follow the steps outlined at Utilities Kingston’s website or watch their video. Go to https://utilitieskingston.com/Water/Conservation/RainBarrel.

Multiple rain barrels can be installed in tandem to increase capacity. Watering with a rain barrel is better for your plants and conserves energy needed to treat and pump tap water. Take climate action and order your rain barrel today!

For more information or to order online, visit https://utilitieskingston.com/Water/Conservation/RainBarrel. If you require assistance or have questions, call 613-546-1181, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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