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The City has collaborated with Green Calgary to deliver the Rain Barrel Sales program since 2010. These sales act as a major fundraiser and community engagement tool for Green Calgary and are an important part of The City’s water conservation programming.

Rain barrels collect rainwater and provide a free source of water for our yards. Plants appreciate the soft, warm water, and homeowners can help reduce the amount of rainwater runoff that enters our rivers and creeks untreated. Calgary’s average rainfall of 5 cm per month will provide approximately 4,000 litres of water. This can fill a typical 45-gallon rain barrel 20 times.

Please see the accompanying graphic for you to share it with Calgarians in your ward. Similar messaging was also shared with utility customers and with community associations across Calgary to raise awareness.

Did you know, water use in Calgary communities increases an average of 20 per cent in the summer months? With changing weather patterns in Calgary, capturing rainwater can help you and Calgary build resiliency during times of hot, dry weather. Rain barrels also help to keep stormwater on your property, so less runoff enters our rivers and creeks untreated.

Made locally with recycled material, Green Calgary rain barrels can be used to water trees, shrubs, lawns and flowers. Rain barrels are $78 for a limited time, with several pick-up and delivery options available.

In-person sales and pick-up dates include:

  • Saturday, April 29 – IKEA Calgary
  • Saturday, May 13 – The Genesis Centre
  • Saturday, June 3 – Calgary Horticultural Society
  • Saturday, June 10 – Vivo for Healthier Generations

Visit to order. Pre-orders start April 1. Join the thousands of Calgarians already using rain barrels.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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