Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced last week that he will host his second annual Rain Barrel Giveaway on June 3.
In conjunction with the Queens Botanical Garden and Department of Environmental Protection, Koo will organize the giveaway of rain- water barrels to residents of City Council District 20. Last year, Koo and the DEP gave away nearly 100 barrels to Flushing residents, according to Koo’s office.
The giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street. Residents can enter via the parking lot on Crommelin Street. Interested residents should reserve a barrel by submitting an RSVP to Koo’s office at (718) 888-8747. There is a limit of one barrel per household.
“Collecting rainwater from gutters and downspouts for lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into storm drains, sewer systems and local waterways,” Koo said. “Reusing rainwater also saves on your household water bill and helps create a sustainable city.”
DEP Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza also touted the benefits of rain barrels.
“By using the water collected in a rain barrel for gardening and other outdoor chores, New Yorkers can help to reduce their water bills,” he said. “In addition, rain barrels help to mitigate localized flooding and protect the health of local waterways, including Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay.