JERSEY CITY - Rain falling in Jersey City will now stream into a new system that will help reduce sewer runoffs and flooding.

Starting Tuesday, residents will be able to collect rain and use it to water gardens as part of the Jersey City Rain Barrel Initiative.

Mayor Steven Fulop says it's another step in preserving the environment.

"Whether it's partnering more with community groups or whether it's community gardens on vacant lots, this is just another step in making Jersey City a more sustainable, long-term city for residents, and a greener city, and being a model in the region," Fulop says.

The city will distribute 200 low-cost rain barrels to residents over the next two years. The barrels are estimated to conserve nearly 55,000 gallons of water per season.