RED DEER, AB: CITY ENCOURAGES WATER CONSERVATION BY PICKING UP SOME OF THE COST
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As an incentive to conserve water, the city of Red Deer, AB is offering to cover the cost of a rain barrel with its annual Rain Barrel Rebate Program.
Nancy Hackett, initiatives supervisor with the city's Environmental Services Department, said the rebate program started as a pilot project in 2015 using a coupon-based system.
"Each coupon worth $50 attracted 140 people for a barrel that was supplied by the city. We had prepared for 200 people, "she said during an interview. "In 2016 people could buy a barrel wherever they wanted with a rebate worth up to 50 percent. It was very popular with 243 respondents. Last year there were 203 responses."
Rebates are awarded on a first come, first served basis for qualifying applications, so residents are encouraged to apply early. Rebates are applied to a household's utility account.
Red Deerians are advised to shop for rain barrels that have mosquito-proof screens in addition to covers as well as a drain or a spigot at the top for overflow and one at the bottom to drain the barrel. It should be constructed of Bisphenol-A (B.P.A.) free material, which is an environmental contaminant.
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