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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rain Barrel Giveaway in Brooklyn

Saturday, April 16, 2011 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Marine Park Parking Lot at Avenue U, Brooklyn

During heavy storms, stormwater runoff can overwhelm the city’s sewer system, and, in some cases, cause street flooding.

To reduce stormwater runoff and to create a more livable, sustain-able city, DEP released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and is piloting several stormwater best management practices throughout the city, including enhanced tree pits, streetside infiltra- tion swales, and blue and green roofs. Rain barrels capture stormwater from your roof and store it for future use.

How do rain barrels help?
By capturing stormwater, rain barrels can help you conserve water by storing rainwater for future use, such as watering your lawn or garden. This will keep your plants healthy–and save you money–since households devote almost 40% of their water to watering lawns and gardens. And you’ll be doing your part to reduce demand on New York City’s drinking water system during the summer’s hottest days.

DEP will provide detailed instructions on how to attach and use your rain barrel at the giveaway.
For more information call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/dep.

Please Note: Rain barrels will be given away on first come first serve basis, one per household. You must live in a single-family or attached two-family home to participate in this exciting and innovative program.