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NYC to give away free rain barrels to Staten Islanders Published: Friday, May 06, 2011, 8:09 AM


Kathryn Carse

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The time for the free rain barrel giveaway by the city Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) tomorrow has been changed. The giveaway will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in Parking Lot 6 of the College of Staten Island. “The response has been overwhelming. We don’t want to say come until 2 p.m. when, in reality, the barrels would be gone. So we have adjusted the hours,” said Mercedes Padilla, spokeswoman for the DEP. Ms. Padilla noted that hundreds were waiting at 9 a.m. at the rain barrel giveaways in Brooklyn and Queens. Approximately 230 barrels will be distributed, on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must live in a single-family or attached two-family home to participate. Rain barrels capture stormwater from the roof and store it for future use such as watering a lawn or garden. The DEP is distributing the barrels as part of its citywide stormwater management effort to reduce stormwater runoff and create a more livable, sustainable city.

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