City of Parksville offers rebate on rain barrel purchases

You can get 50 per cent of the cost back, up to $50

For a limited time, the City of Parksville is offering rebates of up to $50 for the purchase and installation of rain barrels, according to a news release from the city. The rebate of one per residence is 50 per cent of the cost of the rain barrel, up to a maximum of $50.

The city said this offer is only for owners of existing residential buildings with a valid occupancy permit located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Parksville and connected to the city’s water system. Until funding is exhausted, rebates will be issued on a first come/first serve basis and is for rain barrels purchased on or after January 1, 2016.

The city said rain barrels are an excellent addition to any yard. Storing rainwater for re-use has numerous benefits, including:

• Rainwater is better for your plants and soil.

• You’ll have your own water source in times of drought or water restrictions.

• Water conservation reduces your utility bill cost.

Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops and store it for later use. They are low-cost systems which allow you to supplement your water supply with a sustainable source and help preserve local watersheds by detaining rainfall.

The application form and additional information is available from the city’s website, or in person from city hall, 100 Jensen Avenue East. Questions about the program should be directed to 250-954-3070.

— NEWS Staff/City of Parksville news release