Eighth District Councilmember Austin Teams with Hughes Green Team Student to Host Rain Barrel Sale

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Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin - Photo from Facebook

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin – Photo from Facebook

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin II is partnering with Hughes Eighth Grade Student leader Miranda Luzanilla to host a Rain Barrel Sale and Free Rainwater Harvesting Class at Hughes Middle School, 3846 California Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807. Distribution of pre-purchased barrels runs from 9 to 11:00 a.m. and the class runs from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Rainwater can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. Rain barrels can help reduce the impact on other water sources, including municipal systems.

Barrels must be pre-ordered prior to the event at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com (under the EVENTS tab – click on City of Long Beach – Hughes Middle School). Orders qualify for a Metropolitan Water District program that rebates $75.00 of the special class price of $85.00 per barrel. The full retail price on these rain barrels normally runs as high as $169.00, but with rebate the cost drops to just $10. The rebate can be claimed on a limit of four rain barrels per household with one submission allowed. The Rainwater Harvesting Class will discuss water conservation techniques, installation guidelines and rebate information.

Eighth Grader, Luzanilla and Councilmember Austin are working to facilitate water conservation and prevent urban run-off pollution. Luzanilla, Hughes Green Team member and Youth Corps Leader with local non-profit Grades of Green, is hosting the event at Hughes as part of her project to finish the installation of a 650 gallon water tank at the school, along with rainwater harvesting signage and educational programming.

This is the second rain harvesting event hosted by Councilmember Austin in an effort to help Long Beach residents prepare for the forecast El Niño-related wet weather. The November event took place with a capacity crowd at Scherer Park where over 180 rain barrels were picked up by local residents.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Heather Morrison at 562-570-6685; or Miranda Luzanilla at 562-595-5209.

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