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Rain Barrel Update

Monday November 16th, 2009

Community response to the Wingham Rain Barrel Project has been very positive.  The pilot project of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) to study the effectiveness of rain barrels on water conservation and sewer system overflows required a 90% commitment from residents in order to accurately track and record any significant changes in the water system.  One thousand rain barrels have been made available to Wingham residents, 665 have been picked up to date.  Rain Barrels will be available at the North Huron Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, May 27 from 11 am to 8 pm. 


“We are thrilled with the way the community has embraced this program.  In order for the study to be successful, it needed to take place in a community where a large number of residents would participate.  We have certainly demonstrated that Wingham was a very good choice.  We hope that those who have chosen to participate find the project as beneficial as the municipality has,” said Connie Goodall, North Huron Community Development Coordinator. 


Those who require delivery of their rain barrels or assistance with installation can contact the municipal office and arrangements will be made with IBC staff.  Following the Wellness Fair, students from IBC will be contacting residents to ensure that those with questions receive the information they require to effectively participate in the pilot project.  On an on-going basis, municipal water department staff will be able to touch base with residents to ensure that the barrels are installed properly and residents are enjoying the benefits of using rain water for those projects around their home and yard that do not require the consumption of treated drinking water.  If you have any questions or would like to have your rain barrel delivered or installed, please contact the Township of North Huron at (519) 357-3550.


For information please contact:

Connie Goodall

Community Development Coordinator

Township of North Huron

Phone Number  - (519) 357-1096