Rain barrel giveaway set for Saturday

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Councilwoman Debi Rose will hold a rain barrel giveaway at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden, Livingston, on Saturday.

State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Matthew Titone partnered with DEP and Rose to host the event, which will start at 9 a.m. 

Eighty rain barrels will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Using a rain barrel to capture excess storm water can not only cut down your water bill, but also protect our waterways from excess stormwater," said Rose (D-North Shore). "I'm happy to make these available to my constituents at least once a year, and I encourage my constituents to take advantage of this free opportunity."

The 60-gallon rain barrels are easy to install and connect directly to a property owner's downspout to capture and store the stormwater that falls on the rooftop. The water collected in the rain barrel can then be used to water lawns and gardens, or for other outdoor chores.

Rain barrels should only be used for non-potable purposes, such as gardening, and must be disconnected from the downspout during the winter months to avoid freezing.

For more information, phone Rose's office at 718-556-7370.

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