Green Venture Goes Beyond the Rain Barrel
Hamilton: Green Venture is looking for homeowners in frequently flooded neighbourhoods to participate in a new pilot program called “Flood My Rain Barrel”. In an effort to encourage residents to manage stormwater on their property, Green Venture will disconnect downspouts and install 500-liter rain barrels for 23 homeowner participants at a fraction of the normal cost.
Climate change is resulting in more extreme weather events, and there have been an increasing number of storm events in Hamilton. In the summer of 2009 there were two 100-year storms, and in the summer of 2012 there was a 1000-year storm. Since 2004, there have been 19 weather events that have caused flooding to Hamilton homes.
Connected downspouts contribute to the overloading of the sewer system, which can cause both flooding and untreated sewage overflows into the harbour. Each disconnected downspout will divert approx 23,000 litres of stormwater from the storm sewer per year.
Installations will begin in the spring, and requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. Participants will be asked to pay $50, $125, or $200 for the service (based on household income). The rain barrels alone retail for $290+hst.
Homeowners must currently have a connected downspout and be willing to place interpretive signage in their front yard or garden for a 3-year period. Participants will also be asked to sign up for email notifications, complete a follow up survey, and allow pictures of the project to be put up on Green Venture’s website.
Green Venture is a community-based not-for-profit organization committed to helping residents live more sustainably at home, at work, and in their daily lives. Funding for this project is generously provided by ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the Hamilton Port Authority.