Free Rain Barrel Giveaway

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Need a rain barrel? State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato will be giving some away for free.

In a continuing effort to help homeowners conserve water and contribute to the betterment of the city’s environmental health, Addabbo and Pheffer Amato will be giving away free rain barrels on Saturday, May 20, in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Constituents who live within Addabbo and Pheffer Amato’s districts may sign up to receive their free 55-gallon rain barrel, which is able to be attached to a storm gutter to collect and store excess water. This rainwater can then be used to complete tasks around the house and outdoors like watering a garden or washing a car, rather than using fresh water from the tap.

“Using rain barrels, which are designed to catch excess rain water, can have a major impact on our environment if we all take advantage of their benefits,” Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said.

“Rain barrels are one of those amazing resources you don't want to miss out on,” Pheffer Amato said. “By having a rain barrel you can save money on your water bill whenever you wash your car or water your lawn and can also help to preserve water in general. Hope to see you on the 20th!”

Those who pre-register for the May 20 giveaway must pick up their free rain barrel between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 1404, located at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.

To register to receive a rain barrel on May 20, contact Addabbo’s Howard Beach Office at 718-738-1111, or Pheffer Amato’s Rockaway Office at 718-945-9550.

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