The Town of Mamaroneck and its environmental committee, the Sustainability Collaborative, have announced that rain barrels are again available. The first and second orders have almost sold out and now, more barrels have arrived. The rain barrels are being offered at a discounted price to Larchmont/Mamaroneck residents to encourage residents to conserve water resources as well as to help protect LI Sound water quality.
This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in the community. “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 sales of 100 barrels, we’re capturing over 5,000 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 Town to start this initiative and that residents are enthusiastically supporting it.”
The rain barrel captures rainwater from roof-tops by connecting to a home’s downspout. This water would typically be sent down the storm drain carrying potential contaminants and contributing to potential 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 in the rain barrels can be used to irrigate gardens and lawns, and can also be used to wash cars and pets.
To reserve directly, use the program’s website and pay for and pick up at the Town’s Recycling Center at 40 Maxwell Avenue (checks only at this location). The regular retail price is $149.00, but through this promotion, they are only $60 to residents of the Town of Mamaroneck and Villages of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. (For others, they are available at the still-reduced price of $75.)
For more information on the Mamaroneck rain barrel program or to order a rain barrel, visit: http://www.rainbarrelprogram.org/Mamaroneck or call the Town Supervisor’s office at 914.381.7805.