Over the weekend, Fresh Meadows Assemblywoman Nily Rozic gave out 240 55-pound rain barrels with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Each barrel came with an installation kit, instructions and the DEP Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Preparedness. This is the fourth barrel giveaway Rozic has hosted.
“Rain barrels have proven to be an effective resource in Northeast Queens where homeowners are often burdened by costly repairs resulting from floor damage,” Rozic said. “I am glad to continue my partnership with DEP and expand access to a program that encourages water conservation while providing critical relief in flood prone neighborhoods.”
DEP said residents should be aware that rain barrels should only be used for non-potable purposes such as gardening and must be disconnected from the downspurt during the winter months to avoid freezing. Rain barrels are covered to avoid standing water issues. They’re not for re-sale, according to DEP.