Flushing residents can a free rain barrel on Saturday, June 3, 10:00am-1:00pm, at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355.
Council Member Peter Koo is hosting his second annual rain barrel giveaway with the Queens Botanical Garden and Department of Environmental Protection for residents in Council District 20. Last year, Council Member Koo and Department of Environmental Protection gave away nearly 100 barrels to Flushing residents. To reserve a barrel, residents are asked to RSVP to Council Member Koo’s office at 718-888-8747.
Council Member Peter Koo stated, “Collecting rainwater from gutters and downspouts for lawns and gardens minimizes the amount of water flowing into storm drains, sewer system and local waterways. Reusing rainwater also saves on your household water bill and helps create a sustainable city.”
Department of Environmental Protection’s Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza stated, “By using the water collected in a rain barrel for gardening and other outdoor chores, New Yorkers can help to reduce their water bills. In addition, rain barrels help to mitigate localized flooding and protect the health of local waterways, including Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay.”