Town of North Hempstead “Recycle the Rain” Program
Advancing his ongoing mission to keep North Hempstead green, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board announced a new environmental initiative in April 2012 that aims to protect the environment and conserve water thereby reducing water bills. Dubbed “Recycle the Rain,” the program offers residents 50-gallon rain barrels discounted rate of $50. The latest in a growing collection of environmental initiatives, the “Recycle the Rain” program can save residents as much as 1,800 gallons of water in one season.
Leading environmental organizations noted that rain barrels help to keep waterways free of storm water runoff, which can seriously pollute streams, lakes and estuaries. Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment stated, “Rain barrels are an effective, inexpensive and meaningful way to encourage residents to become stewards of the environment, protecting our harbors, the Long Island Sound and the Island’s sole source of drinking water, our underground aquifers. I congratulate Supervisor Kaiman and the Town for advancing this program.”
Frank Morris of the NY Sierra Club said: “For the individual resident it will certainly save money on their water bill. Supervisor Kaiman has been a leader throughout Long Island on environmental issues. This is another example of his environmental leadership.”
Residents can call 311 to participate in the “Recycle the Rain” program, which includes a free tutorial at Clark Botanic Garden on how to use the rain barrels.