Rain Barrel Giveaway

April 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Backyard gardeners, take note.  The New York City Department of Environmental Protection is giving away rain barrels as part of a citywide effort to manage stormwater runoff.

Urban gardeners can help their gardens, while lightening the load on the environment.   Stored rainwater helps conserve water for gardening needs, lowers water bills, and reduces the runoff that often overwhelms the city’s sewer system.  It also eases demand on the drinking water system during the summer’s hottest months.

The DEP will distribute 1,000 rain barrels across the city on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:


Saturday, April 16, 2011, (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Marine Park Parking Lot, Avenue U


Saturday, April 30, 2011, (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Cunningham Park; 196th Place and Union Turnpike

The Bronx

Saturday, May 7, 2011, (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Pelham Bay Park; Middletown Road Parking Lot, Off Stadium Avenue

Staten Island

Saturday, May 7, 2011, (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

College of Staten Island; 2800 Victory Boulevard

One rain barrel will be given away per household.  Individuals must live in a single-family or attached to a two-family home to participate in the giveaway program.

For more information, click here.

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