In an effort to go green and help homeowners cut down on their water bill, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is sponsoring a rain barrel giveaway this Sunday at the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church on Avenue P.
Interested homeowners must reserve a rain barrel in advance by calling Cymbrowitz’s office at 718-743-4078. Pick up will take place on Sunday, October 11, from 9am – 2pm, at the Three Hierarchs Church at 1724 Avenue P.
“New York City started the rain barrel program in 2008 and since then it has become enormously popular with residents who use the stored rainwater to water their lawns, wash their cars, keep their houseplants healthy and manage runoff during rainstorms,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release.
The rain barrels can hold 60 gallons of rainwater at a time and connect directly to a home’s downspout. Once full, the excess water is released and drains normally into the soil and sewer system.
The DEP, which is co-sponsoring Cymbrowitz’s giveaway along with the Three Hierarchs Church, says rain barrels help prevent storm run-off from overwhelming the city’s sewer system, which improves harbor water quality and reduces street flooding during heavy rains.
Capturing rainwater also lowers a home’s carbon footprint and helps move the city towards greater sustainability, the DEP says.
“If you have kids at home, using a rain barrel is a great way to teach them about conservation and the importance of going ‘green,’” he said.