Mar 22, 2012

Canadian Environmental Group Kicks Off Rain Barrel Challenge

Submissions for decorated rain barrels will be accepted through March 26

Rain barrels are often seen as characterless and boring. Paint a Picture for Water Conservation aims to transform this usually drab outdoor feature into a masterpiece for the garden. Artists and students are asked to submit ideas for an artistic rain barrel design.

The challenge is to create a beautiful rain barrel design that would fit into any garden setting. Applications are due March 26.

Ten designs will be chosen and painted. The decorated rain barrels will be displayed for one month at high-traffic areas in the community starting May 7. Throughout the month, people can place online bids for their favorite barrels. On June 16th, Caledon Day, the online auction will close. Proceeds from this auction will be used to support the environmental education efforts of ecoCaledon, an environmental action group of volunteers formed by the town of Caledon.

The overarching goals of this project are three-fold: to promote the use of rain barrels for single family dwellings, to promote water conservation and to educate the public on the positive impact that it can have on the health of local rivers through the reuse of rainwater at home.