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Rain Barrels: Everything You Wanted To Know

April 28, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm



Rain Barrels: Everything You Wanted To Know

Our resident rain barrel expert, Brendan Schaefer will walk you through the basics of rain barrels and how they can be beneficial for you.Topics covered will include: identifying the best location to put your rain barrels; how to properly set them up for ease of use and to prevent overflow problems and getting them ready for winter. Brendan will help you be sure your rain barrel is helping you save on water while not causing problems for your home. 

  • Presentation: 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A: 2:15 p.m.
  • Reep Open House: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


  • Identifying the best location for your rain barrel(s)
  • Planning ahead to direct overflow to a permeable area
  • Setting up your rain barrel for ease of use
  • Getting your barrels ready for winter
  • How to apply for stormwater credits

Brendan Schaefer has been a RAIN Guide at REEP Green Solutions for many of years with our RAIN program, and was previously a Water Guide with our Well Aware program. He has visited hundreds of homes and commercial properties, giving advice about best practices for rain barrels and other stormwater management features.


In partnership with

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.
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With funding provided by:

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
Ontario Trillium Foundation


We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St. If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St. S.


April 28, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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