Queens lawmaker bringing rain barrel giveaway to Richmond Hill in August

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State Sen. Joseph Addabbo is partnering with the city Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Richmond Hill/South Ozone Park Lions Club and Key Food to host a free rain barrel giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 6. 

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lefferts Boulevard/Linden Boulevard parking lot, located at the intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Linden Boulevard, across the street from the Key Food supermarket. Any leftover barrels will be given to the public on a first-come first-served basis from noon to 1 p.m. 

The DEP will hand out free rain barrels to constituents who have pre-registered. 

Registrants must show a photo ID to confirm their name and address in order to claim their barrel. 

The 55-gallon plastic rain barrels attach to a rain gutter to collect and store excess water during periods of rainfall. That rainwater can then later be used to complete tasks around the house and outdoors, rather than using fresh water.

“Rain barrels are very useful tools that have a positive impact on residents,” Addabbo said. “With a quick and easy setup, the rain barrels can collect rainwater which can then be used for a wide range of tasks such as watering gardens, washing cars, cleaning windows and other chores. Residents with rain barrels attached to their homes not only preserve their drinking water, but they can also save some money on their water bills.”

In order to register for the giveaway, participants must live within Addabbo’s district and call his office at 718-738-1111 to have their name, address and phone number put on the list. There is a limit of one barrel per household and you cannot receive one if you have already participated in one of our other barrel giveaways this summer.