The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Rain barrel giveaway
Start Date: 
April 16, 2011 - 9:00am - 2:00pm
Topic : 
Sponsored By: 
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Marine Park Parking Lot at Avenue U Brooklyn
United States

During heavy storms, stormwater runoff can overwhelm the city’s sewer system, and, in some cases, cause street flooding. To reduce stormwater runoff and to create a more livable, sustainable city, DEP released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan and is piloting several stormwater best management practices throughout the city, including enhanced tree pits, streetside infiltration swales, and blue and green roofs. Rain barrels capture stormwater from your roof and store it for future use.

By capturing stormwater, rain barrels can help you conserve water by storing rainwater for future use, such as watering your lawn or garden. This will keep your plants healthy and save you money–since households devote almost 40% of their water to watering lawns and gardens. And you’ll be doing your part to reduce demand on New York City’s drinking water system during the summer’s hottest days.

DEP will provide detailed instructions on how to attach and use your rain barrel at the giveaway. For more information call 311 or visit

Please note: Rain Barrels will be given away on first come first serve basis, one per household. You must live in a single-family or attached two-family home to participate in this exciting and innovative program.

Open to: 
Residents of single- or two-family houses