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Determining the effectiveness of the Region of Waterloo's rain barrel distribution system

TitleDetermining the effectiveness of the Region of Waterloo's rain barrel distribution system
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsO'Brien, J., K. Hyslop, G. Bartley, C. Franklin, and A. Kuperman
Keywordsrain barrels, sustainable water use practices, water conservation, Waterloo's Rain Barrel Program
Abstract

Established in 2001, the Region of Waterloo’s Rain Barrel Program has two goals: to conserve water and to raise water conservation awareness among residents. A study was conducted in 2001 to attempt to determine the effectiveness and success of the program so far. However, specific questions that the Region had about the program were not answered at the conclusion of the study. After consultation with Steve Gombos of the Region’s Water Efficiency Group, we focused this study on particular areas of interest regarding the effectiveness of the program in achieving its two main objectives. Seventy Kitchener residents, 37 of which own rain barrels, and 33 of which do not, responded to a questionnaire concerning rain barrel use and general water conservation issues. There tends to be a connection between residents who use rain barrels and increased sustainable water use practices. Although the program does not necessarily save a significant volume of water, it is successful in increasing awareness of the need for water conservation in the Region of Waterloo… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca