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Fresh Meadows residents can collect a free rain barrel at an event next weekend.

On July 9, residents can head to the Cunningham Park parking lot, located at Union Turnpike and 196th Place, beginning at 8:30 a.m. to pick up a barrel.

According to NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the 60-gallon rain barrels are easy to install and connect directly to a property owner’s downspout to capture and store the stormwater that falls on the rooftop. The water collected in the rain barrel can then be used to water lawns and gardens or for other outdoor chores.

The event is sponsored by state Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman David Weprin and Councilman Barry Grodenchik and is open to residents within each representative’s district. Interested parties are asked to call Comrie (718-765-6359) Weprin (718-454-3027) or Grodenchik’s office (718-468-0137) to reserve their rain barrel.

One barrel per household. Identification may be requested upon pick-up. Reserved barrels should be collected between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. The event will become first-come, first-served after 9:30 a.m.

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