NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City's rainwater collection program is so popular that it plans to hand out 1,000 more rain barrels next month for residents' yards.

The barrels connect to rain gutters and hold up to 55 gallons of water for use on lawns and gardens.

The free program follows a pilot program that distributed 1,000barrels in Queens.

Department of Environmental Preservation Deputy CommissionerCarter Strickland tells the Daily News that the collection systemsare popular because they save New Yorkers on their water bills.

It costs the city $80 a barrel.