The office of Houston City Council member Abbie Kamin, who represents the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas as part of District C, is giving away 50 rain barrels in honor of Earth Month.
According to a Friday news release from Kamin's office, the first 50 District C constituents who register here will receive an email with a discount code and link to reserve their free rain barrel. Those who sign up but miss the 50-person cutoff will be added to a waitlist and notified if there is additional availability.
The rain barrels are made by a company called Ivy and hold up to 50 gallons of rainwater. There will be a limit of one free rain barrel per household.
The giveaway is for District C residents only, and those who register must be able to pick up the rain barrel from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 22 at the Houston Botanic Garden, located at 8210 Park Place Blvd.
"Harvesting rainwater contributes to flood mitigation, water quality and water conservation," Kamin's office said. "A rain barrel reduces the amount of stormwater runoff from your home, and you can use the collected rainwater for watering your lawn and garden, which in turn reduces your municipal water usage."
Rain barrels also can be purchased through the Houston Public Works Semi-Annual Rain Barrel Sale, which is organized by Houston Water and the Green Building Resource Center. Orders can be placed before Sunday, May 16 at rainwatersolutions.com/products/city-of-houston-gbrc.