“Our annual rain barrel giveaway is a hugely popular event that gives homeowners an opportunity to save on their water bills while reducing combined sewage overflows and runoff into our storm drains, sewers and surrounding waterways,” said Koo.
This year, DEP will give away 200 barrels to Flushing residents by reservation-only. To reserve a barrel, residents must call Koo’s office at (718) 888-8747. Residents will be mailed a confirmation letter which they must bring to the pickup event. There is a limit of one barrel per household.
“Just like many of our events and programs at the garden, this giveaway program urges the public to be participatory,” said QBG marketing manager Anne Tan-Detchkov. “They can help mitigate stormwater from our local waterways while reaping the benefits of having a free and easy tool to sustainably capture and use water for their own use.”