The City’s Streetscape Committee has developed an exciting rain barrel contest for residents to show their creative decorating skills along with their innovative rain water harvesting techniques!
“We designed this contest to help our residents get outside and to raise awareness about how easy it is to conserve and reuse rainwater in our community,” says Streetscape Committee Liaison and Parks Coordinator, Alison Ciupa. “We encourage families to work together as a team and register as soon as possible as spaces are limited to the first 100 participants.”
To participate, residents can register for the contest on the City’s website, then pick up a free rain barrel from Eco Growth Environmental, use their own rain barrel, or purchase one for $65 from the City’s Eco Centre.
Prizes will be awarded for the most creatively decorated rain barrel, and for the most innovative water capture or water harvesting system.
“An example of an innovative water capture or harvesting system can include hooking the barrel up to a downspout and using collected water for irrigation,” adds Ciupa. “Participants are encouraged to submit detailed photos and a description of their creations.”
Photos can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and all images will be uploaded to a photo album on the City’s Facebook page for display.
“The contest will run through to the end of July to allow participants ample time to register and take photos of their barrels,” adds Ciupa. “We will announce the winners in early August.”
Five (5) $100 gift certificates to a local Chestermere business will be awarded to the top five most innovative water capture systems. Ten (10) $50 gift certificates to a local Chestermere business will be awarded to the top 10 most creatively decorated rain barrels. All participants who submit a photo and description will also receive a $10 gift certificate to Garden Scents Garden Centre or Cobblestone Garden Centre as a thank you for participating.
The registration form and more ideas on rain barrel water collection and usage can be found on the City’s website at chestermere.ca/rainbarrelcontest.
The Streetscape Committee is a volunteer group that receives funding from City Council for beautification projects.