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BARR Plastics helps city win award of excellence

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Abbotsford -- Barr Plastics’ knowledge and commitment to rainwater harvesting has led to a Union of BC Municipalities Award in Leadership and Innovation, October 17, accepted by the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission.

The award was presented in recognition of a joint Abbotsford/Mission Water and Sewer Commission project, in which Barr Plastics Inc. helped install an innovative rainwater harvesting system into the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. This system, completed in September 2011, became the first in the world to use harvested rainwater to make ice for a professional-grade ice arena.

Dean Barrett, co-owner of Barr Plastics, explains that “the opportunity to be involved in a high profile project and showcase rainwater harvesting was the main motivating factor” to become involved in this project. With the company’s long history in rainwater harvesting, he continues, he knew how to put together a great team of contractors who were willing to participate and more than capable of completing the project.

“It feels great to be involved with our city and help them achieve their sustainability goals,” says Barrett.

Barr Plastics acted as co-designer, supplier and facilitator for the project, and helped share the initial project costs with project partners: Saxon Mechanical, Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, Excalibur Electric, Water Tiger, and the Abbotsford/Mission Water and Sewer Commission.

Using this system, the estimated municipal water savings is 830,000L per hockey season, with estimated water and energy savings of an estimated $3,200 per year.

For their extensive efforts in providing both expertise and product in the realm of rain harvesting, Barr Plastics received an Environmental Leadership Award from the City of Abbotsford on February 9, with recognition of their key role in the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre project.

Based in Abbotsford, BC, BARR Plastics Inc. is a leading industrial supplier of plastic tank, totes and fabrication services.

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