Mamaroneck Rain Barrels Are Back, Will Help Prevent Floods

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The Rain Barrel Program,  launched by the Town of Mamaroneck and its environmental committee, the Sustainability Collaborative, was a big hit back in April and now more barrels have arrived.

Once again, they are offered at a discounted price to Mamaroneck residents to encourage residents to conserve water resources as well as to protect water quality.

The rain barrels can be reserved directly through the program’s website and paid for and picked up at the Town’s Recycling Center at 40 Maxwell Avenue on Saturdays during the hours of 8am to 11:30am. The regular retail price is $149.00 but through this special promotion they are only $60 to residents of the Town of Mamaroneck as well as the Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. (For others, they are available at the still-reduced price of $65.)

“The Town of Mamaroneck is committed to protecting our water quality and managing the damaging effects of storm water runoff,” says Mamaroneck Town Supervisor, Nancy Seligson. “From the initial sale of over 60 rain barrels to our residents, we’re already capturing over 3,000 gallons of water that could potentially have flooded or polluted our community. We are thrilled that our environmental committee, the Sustainability Collaborative worked with the Administration to get this initiative going and that residents are enthusiastically supporting it.”

The rain barrel captures rainwater from roof-tops by connecting to the home’s downspout. This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to flooding. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a significant impact on storm water management and water quality. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens and lawns, and can also be used to wash cars and pets.

For more information on the Mamaroneck rain barrel program or to order a rain barrel, please visit: http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/Mamaroneck or call the Town Supervisor’s office at 914.381.7805.

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