As anyone who lives in Vancouver knows, this is a pretty wet place. The watering restrictions that are imposed during the summer months can seem crazy as we slog through the rain soaked winter. The lower mainland does have limits on the amount of water that it can store, however, so we all need to do our part and conserve it when we can. The hefty fine attached to breaking the watering restriction is also a good reason to consider this issue. Watering your lawn outside of the designated time could run you $100.
Rainwater harvesting can be a viable way to keep your yard healthy during the summer. People have been collecting rainwater for millennia, everyone from the Egyptians to the Incans to the Venetians. Many people in Vancouver find it works for them too.
In an effort to encourage rainwater harvesting, the city of Vancouver for example sells rain barrels at a subsidized price. This means a standard sized rain barrel costs $75 (plus tax). Currently, the city is also offering short rain barrels for the discounted price of $50 (plus tax). These are ideal for smaller outdoor spaces and gardens.
Helpful Hints to Remember
Rain barrels can be easily positioned under downspouts to collect the water that would otherwise be drained away from your home. To keep children or wildlife from climbing in, it is important that they have a well-fitted cover. A piece of screen door mesh can be used to catch any debris from your eaves trough. A rain barrel needs to have an overflow leading to a storm drain as well as a spout that can be used for a hose or to fill up watering cans.
A rain barrel is a great idea for many people who value their green lawns during the summer. Setting one up now while we still have rainy days forecasted will provide the water needed to keep yards lush and green all year long. Our qualified professional installers at Dynamic Gutters Vancouver will be happy to discuss rainwater harvesting options that might work for you.