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Excerpt from EMC Ottawa Newspaper, Mar. 2012

The United Nations designated the first World Water Day on March 22, 1993, to highlight the importance of freshwater and to advocate for sustainable management.

More than 80 non-profit groups throughout Ontario officially launched rain barrel sales in their communities on World Water Day, Thursday, March 22 … Rain barrels will be sold for $55 each and all funds will to wards the two local projects.

Rain barrels capture and store rain water collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water, which is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees.

Interesting that they mention the chemical free water is good for plants—Good for People too!!!

Rain barrels divert clean water from sewer systems and can provide cost savings for homeowners who currently pay to have water trucked in or who have a water meter installed.

Each rain barrel is equipped with a mosquito and leaf debris filter basket, an overflow hose, an outlet to join rain barrels together and a spigot at the bottom, which can be connected to a standard garden hose.

These environmentally friendly products were once used to import fruits and vegetables and have been refurbished and repurposed to offer years of reliable service as rain barrels.

They are available in three colours including grey, terracotta and black. All orders must be placed online in advance at http://www.RainBarrel.ca/gssandouc/ or by calling Margaret at 613-824-3599.

The 4th Orleans Fallingbrook Scout Group will also host a rain barrel sale on Saturday April 21 at Fallingbrook Elementary School, 679 Deanscourt Crescent, Orleans, from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Orders are now being taken for an April 21st pickup date. All orders must be placed online in advance at http://www.RainBarrel.ca/4thOrleans or by calling 613-212-5212.

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There is still time to book your fundraising rainbarrel.ca sale for this spring!  Non-profit groups, schools and organizations: We are booking now for May and June 2012 sales!




Video on the creative craftsmanship of New York’s rooftop water tanks:

As you will see in the videos, two companies in New York build water towers, both of which are family businesses in operation since the 1800s. Even though there are steel constructed tanks, wooden ones are preferred because they can be easily assembled and transported to rooftops in parts and cost less.

“Rosenwach Wood Water Tanks Help Shape The City Skyline”

“They’re a signature part of the city skyline, and even in the 21st century, wood water tanks still have a unique and necessary job here, providing water to millions of homes.” – NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez


The New York Times staff photographer Richard Perry took some great photos of Rosenwach putting up water tanks, which was part of his project photographing different products and companies still manufacturing in NYC.

  You can also watch a rooftop water getting a facelift:

Water tanks / water towers are a rooftop fixture of the New York City skyline and are the subject of fascination for many. But sometimes they need a facelift to repair the damage of the elements. This video shows one of these Manhattan fixtures getting a tune-up. Filmed in the late fall of 2011, it’s sped up 2.5X.


Time lapse of a water tank being built at 266 Riverside Drive, NYC. Shot & Edited by Ben Bryant benbryant.com


Safety falls a little lower on the priority scale when Discovery channel’s, Mike Rowe, assists a team of carpenters on top of a New York skyscraper.

In a thoughtful look back at his most challenging and hazardous apprenticeships, Mike makes a practical case for safety and reaffirms the critical role of individual responsibility in a dangerous world.


  See you back here tomorrow for Part 3:      

Word Above The Street organization’s

                               “The Water Project”, Spring 2013      


BOTTLED WATER RIDICULOUS by Devon Patterson, SAIT Polytek, Calgary The Weal, September 29, 2011

In this day and age we have to pay for absolutely everything, including our number one life source: water.
Some argue bottled water is better for you than tap, or it simply tastes better. The last point is debatable. But the part about it being healthier for you, frankly, is a lie.
Bottlers aren’t required to list their sources on the label, so most of the time you are drinking glorified tap water, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council. ABC’s 20/20 program stated that Aquafina, for instance, has a source coming from the Detroit River.
A Story of Stuff website project showed that bottled water costs about 2,000 times more than tap water and it’s coming from the same sources.
In Canada, local water supplies are tested every day, whereas bottled water plants are only inspected every three years, according to an article by CBC.
Not only is it wasting our money, it’s completely destroying our planet. A Story of Stuff project water video also mentions that 80 per cent of bottles are buried in landfills or sent to incinerators to be burnt. You think recycling is a safe bet? Some recycling companies just ship off the bottles to other countries instead of actually recycling them. It’s not just the bottles either. According to Discover magazine, bottle caps are showing up all over the Pacific Ocean and inside birds’ stomachs.
SAITSA has come up with the great idea of water kiosks from Waterfillz. It’s cold, filtered water available to students’ without the bottle. The best part is it will be completely free for students. This is a great solution to eliminating bottle consumption.
We need water to survive. Our bodies are made up of 70 per cent water and will die within three days without it.
And this is something big corporations expect us to pay for? The whole concept of bottled water is ridiculous.


The sad truth is that to get clean water we do have to pay for it, but to buy water in a bottle to throw it away is not the way. 80% goes to the landfill!! That is a huge number and can be corrected by what a lot of our city customers use and that is a whole house system. Not a shower filter or a cheap faucet filter but a system for under 1000$ that will eliminate bottled water for 6-10years depending on use. This clean water will be in your whole home for cooking, drinking, bathing etc…People never go back to the sterilized chemical water or the plastic bottle again.

Buying a house in the country?

Lots of properties in the country surrounding Ottawa are on wells and septic systems. If you are out house hunting in those areas, it pays to have a little knowledge under your belt. There is a lot of useful information on the

CMHC website.

Remember, if there is a problem, you can count on RainSoft  613-742-0058

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Well – is it April tomorrow already? Wow, the older I get the faster time flies. We had a booth at both the GreenExpo and the Spring Home and Garden Show so the office has been busy. I guess I have been a little too preoccupied to notice that most of the snow is gone and the Canadian geese are back. If you’re like me, now is the time that thoughts turn to home improvement; spring cleaning, back yard clean-up, maybe even some new lawn chairs or a B-B-Q. How’s your water supply? Does it need a spring clean-up too?

If you weren’t able to visit us at the GreenExpo, go to

Youtube and then call us 613-742-0058

Learn something new every day……

It’s been a busy day today. The spring Home and Garden Show has started and Martin and Dave are both there, working hard. The phone has been unusually busy with calls and several people have stopped by the office. But the thing I am writing about today is a call I had from a really nice lady who I couldn’t help at the time she called. She was searching the Water Quality Associations Gold Seal Certified products and coudn’t find us. Well, some net surfing hours later, a few emails to head office and guess what? It’s simple – we’re there. I hope she checks this blog again cause now I can tell her: from the RainSoft website, click the Gold Seal Certificate, top right hand corner go to “Certified Products” and enter RainSoft in the “Brand Name” box. Voila! there we are – Aquion Water Treatment Products. It will tell you everything you want to know about what system removes what contaminant. Or you can just follow the link below.


Spring Homeshow 2011

Well, we just got through the GreenExpo and this weekend is the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. Come on out to Lansdowne Park, Ottawa from March 24-27 and visit the RainSoft booth for your chance to win a Reverse Osmosis System! Ottawa Home and Garden show