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Victoria C
1901 N 28th St
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the project

In order for community gardens and urban farms to get started, they must have access to water. The costs for water hook-up can make it impossible. We propose to acquire a portable water meter that can be shared for community gardens, urban farms, tree planting, and city beautification projects. Water tanks at the community gardens will store water for planting and irrigation. Other groups will be able to water as they plant and maintain city beautification projects and trees.

the steps

  • Apply for and put a deposit on a portable water meter;
  • Get the meter;
  • Put the backflow device on it from a plumbing supply store;
  • Have it inspected by a plumber with a backflow certification;
  • Enrichmond will loan it out per signed agreements with each community garden, nonprofit, urban farmers, and beautification organizations;
  • Enrichmond will take the meter readings that are reported to utilities each month for billing.

why we're doing it

Richmonders have a great deal of nutrition-related health issues. Fresh local vegetables can be a welcome source of good nutrition for citizens. Urban farms can now get started for commercial production of vegetables and fruit, providing economic opportunities and new businesses.


$500: Water meter deposit

$180: Backflow device

$200: First two months' water bills

$150: Hose bib

$100: Hose

SUBTOTAL = $1,130
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $34

RAISED = $1,199
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) $34

Revised Budget, 8/7/2014

Our backflow device is going to cost $251 instead of $180 and so we will have to adjust some of the spending on the hoses. Other than that, we are going ahead as budgeted. We have already put the deposit on the water meter and are purchasing the backflow device.


Thank you to our donors!


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