The Town’s rain barrel program hopes to save water! Garden and lawn watering can make up a substantial portion of total household water use during the summer months even in Alberta. Utilizing rain barrels allows home owners to collect water from their rooftop runoff and effectively store it for when you need it most, during the hot summer months. Rainwater collection and its reuse is not only a financial benefit to home owners but also for the environment because stored water would otherwise run off into the storm sewers where the environmental benefit could be minimal. This run off water can be safe to use when watering plants, flower pots, gardens, trees, lawns or cleaning your walk ways. The Town of Strathmore is promoting water conservation techniques and therefore is selling rain barrels to citizens from the main office.
Bylaw 14-22, which was adopted on January 21st, 2015, requires that at least one rain barrel with a minimum capacity of 220 liters must be provided for new residential developments on lots created after January 1st, 2015. Rain barrels need to be shown on the site plan submitted with the development permit. Downspouts must be connected to the rain barrel and, in some cases, the Approving Authority may require one rain barrel for each downspout from a building in order to manage surface drainage. For any questions please contact Planning & Development.