The Los Angeles Bureau of Public Works announced Tuesday that it distributed over 600 rain barrels to Angelenos to harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation and other non-potable uses to conserve water and save money on their water bill.

“Through the rain barrel distribution program, we’re offering residents the opportunity to take personal action to conserve water, which is one of our most vital resources,” Board of Public Works Vice President Aura Garcia said. “We are grateful for all of the partners involved in helping us continue efforts to promote water sustainability and for the community members who have responded so enthusiastically.”

The barrels were available free of cost during eight pick-up events at L.A. Sanitation and Environment facilities, officials said. The events were hosted in collaboration with L.A. City Council offices, Pacoima Beautiful and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling.

The city’s Green New Deal outlines goals for water conservation by reducing potable water use per capita by 22.5% by 2025 and 25% by 2035. Rain barrels will help residents conserve water, reduce the amount of polluted stormwater runoff that goes into local waterways and save money.

“LASAN is pleased to be a partner in this initiative that provides free rain barrels to the community making it easier and more accessible for everyone to participate in the city’s sustainability and water conservation efforts,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, director and general manager of LASAN. “Rainwater harvesting is a simple way that Angelenos can make a big impact and help protect the environment.”

L.A. city residents can receive one rain barrel per household per calendar year if they register in advance of the pickup event.

The rain barrel distribution program began in 2014, officials said. The Coca-Cola Company donated 45- and 55-gallon repurposed barrels that previously held syrup.

“Since this program began, its popularity has allowed us to educate thousands of city residents on the proper use and maintenance of rain barrels for water harvesting,” said Paul Racs, director of the Office of Community Beautification. “We’d like to thank our partners who allow us to continue distributing rain barrels to community members and help us to promote water conservation efforts.”

Angelenos who want to harvest rain water but were unable to participate in the event can purchase a rain barrel from a home improvement or garden store and apply for the SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program to receive $35 per barrel or $250 per cistern.

People can apply at bit.ly/3e0oaGH.

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