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When there's heavy rain, rest the drain. Wait... you can be a hero

laundry later, short showers, delay dishes, wait to flush

Wait… you can be a hero

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We’ll send you a free* text when there’s a heavy rain storm so you know when to Wait… and we’ll send another text when its all clear. You can opt out any time.

Why wait…?

Whenever we do laundry, shower, wash dishes, or flush the toilet, the water we use goes down the drain and into the sewer. But when there’s a heavy rain storm, that water has to share the sewer with LOTS of rain water. On those days the stuff that’s in our sewers can end up going into our waterways. Waiting to use water during a heavy rain storm helps to keep our waterways clean for humans and wildlife!

How it works

When there’s a heavy rain storm, we’ll send you a free* text so you know when to Wait… and we’ll send another text when it’s all clear. We won’t ask you to Wait… every time it rains, only when we get those big New York City downpours. You can opt out any time.**

Ways to wait…

When you receive a text to Wait…, you can protect our waterways by:

  • doing laundry later
  • taking a shorter shower
  • delaying dishwashing

and if you’re really brave…

  • Waiting to flush the toilet

*DEP will not charge you for any text messages. Standard data fees and text messaging rates may apply based on your plan with your mobile phone carrier.
**Participants may opt out or change their contact information at any time by texting wait-nycdep stop to any program text message or by emailing wait@dep.nyc.gov.