Rain barrels way of the future?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014   by: Staff

Greening Nipissing is concerned about local flooding and stormwater in North Bay.

To address this issue, it is selling rain barrels this Saturday, May 24th. Residents who want to save money, care for their gardens, and protect the environment know that rain barrels help meet all three goals.

Rain barrels are $70 each and can be ordered online at, by emailing, or by calling 705-472-0200, ext. 2. Barrels can be picked up at either 1350 Fisher Street, North Bay between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Rain barrels capture and store chlorine-free and fluoride-free rain water from a home’s downspouts, making it ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs, and trees. Collected water can also be used to wash cars, clean floors, and even do laundry!

These many uses can provide water conservation opportunities, particularly during the dry summer months. They can also provide cost savings to every resident, especially those who pay to have water trucked in, use a well, or have a water meter installed – which, for North Bay residents, will be a reality by 2015.

These environmentally friendly products were once used to transport fruits and vegetables, but now they have been repurposed and offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. Purchasing one not only saves residents money and helps the environment, but, with this rain barrel sale, it also supports local environmental champions. Rain barrels are gaining popularity in North Bay, so now is the perfect time to keep up with the Joneses!

Greening Nipissing envisions a greener North Bay and area by providing a practical and economical approach to a cleaner environment. In the past, Greening Nipissing has installed a public bicycle fixing station, promoted community gardens, and transformed urban paved areas into green spaces. Proceeds from the sale will continue this work as they educate, promote, and encourage environmentally-friendly practices in the region.

Greening Nipissing is a not-for-profit, registered charity and environmental organization based in North Bay. They identify environmental health issues and priorities and, in partnership with other organizations, provide practical skills and knowledge to develop positive attitudes toward the environment.


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