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Rainwater Harvesting System Rebates

City of Austin rainwater catchment system rebates

Take advantage of these rebate opportunities!

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We are very fortunate here in central Texas to have local municipalities actively support rainwater collection through public education and rebates. The City of Austin has one of the longest running rainwater collection rebate programs in the US.


City of Austin Rainwater Collection System Rebate

The City of Austin Water Utility offers a capacity-based rainwater harvesting system rebate program. The program applies to rain barrels as well as larger capacity rainwater collection systems. The rebate program is structured as follows:

  • $0.50 per gallon for non-pressurized systems (no pumps), not to exceed 50% of system cost
  • $1.00 per gallon for pressurized systems (with pump), not to exceed 50% of system cost
  • Total maximum lifetime rebate amount of $5,000 per site
  • All sizes of rain barrels and rainwater collection cisterns/tanks are eligible

Rebate covers materials and labor for dedicated system components including tank, pad, screens, filters, first-flush, and selected piping installation only, but does not include gutters, irrigation system components, or backflow preventers.

The main eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicant must be a customer of Austin Water or an eligible water district (see below).
  • Systems of more than 500 gallons will require approval prior to system installation.
  • Tanks of more than 500 gallons will require the installation of a first-flush diversion system and a sturdy, level base constructed of gravel, sand, or concrete. Wooden, above ground platforms are not permitted for large cisterns.
  • Pressurized systems require the installation of an RPZ backflow preventer at City of Austin water meters. Systems with a pump and/or tanks more than 10 ft high are considered pressurized. The installation of an RPZ backflow preventer requires a plumbing permit. Depending on your system, other permits may be required. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the system construction does not violate subdivision or zoning regulations (including setback restrictions, impervious cover limitations, etc.) and homeowners association enforced restrictions.
  • Applicant must maintain the install backflow prevention device as per City of Austin regulations.
  • Collection rainwater can not be used for potable use.
  • Plus many others...

Customers in the following eligible water districts also qualify for the rebate:

  • Branch Creek Estates
  • City of Rollingwood
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • City of Westlake Hills
  • High Valley Water Supply Corporation
  • Lost Creek MUD
  • Marsha Water Supply
  • Night Hawk WSC
  • North Austin MUD #1
  • Northtown MUD
  • Rivercrest Water Systems
  • Shady Hollow MUD
  • Travis County WCID #10
  • Wells Branch MUD

Give us a call or schedule a consultation and we can help you make sense of all the requirements. As part of our installation service, we will provide all of the documentation necessary to complete the rainwater harvesting system rebate application.

Download the City of Austin rainwater harvesting system rebate form.


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City of San Marcos Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program

The City of San Marcos is offering a capacity-based rainwater harvesting system rebate program just like the City of Austin. The rebate program is structured as follows:

  • $0.50 per gallon of storage capacity for non-pressurized systems (no pumps)
  • $1.00 per gallon of storage capacity for pressurized systems (with pump)
  • Total maximum lifetime rebate amount of $5,000 per site
  • All sizes of rain barrels and rainwater collection cisterns/tanks are eligible

Rebate cannot exceed 50% of total system cost. The maximum lifetime rebate amount is determined by your water meter size:

  • For 5/8 x3/4" meters (residential) the maximum rebate is $5,000
  • For 1" water meters the max rebate is $10,000
  • For 1.5" water meters the max rebate is $15,000
  • For 2" meters and larger the max rebate is $20,000

The rebate covers rainwater system components including: rainwater barrels or tanks, screened gutters, leaf screens, first-flush diverters, primary filtration systems, tank pad/foundation, pumps, and backflow devices installed at the City water meter. The rebate is not applicable to miscellaneous pipes and fittings, advanced treatment systems (for potable water), irrigation system components, maintenance agreements or warranties.

Download the San Marcos Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program Guidelines and Rebate Application.


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Hays County Rainwater Harvesting Incentive Program

The Hays County Development Services department is offering an rainwater harvesting incentive program which provides the following:

  • $100 fee reimbursement for new development permitted through Hays County Development Services
  • Property Tax Reduction: Taxable value is reduced by the rainwater collection system construction costs. (Available from Hays County or other participating taxing entities.)

They want homeowners and business owners to make a smart choice to install rainwater harvesting systems to reduce the demand for treated water for potable and irrigation uses.

The qualification criteria is pretty straight-forward.

  • Hays County application approval
  • Minimum storage capacity: 2,500 gallons
  • Annual application & approval for tax exemption (required by law) submitted to the Central Appraisal District
  • Sunlight restrictive design (helps prevent algae growth)
  • Insect proof

Download the Hays County Rainwater Harvesting Incentive Program application.


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City of Sunset Valley Rainwater Collection System Rebate

The City of Sunset Valley is offering up to $3,500 in rainwater collection system rebates to their water customers who install larger rainwater harvesting systems. The rebate covers the cost of gutters, leaf screens, first-flush diverters, cisterns, conveyance piping, and water treatment systems.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • The system must have at least 900 gallons in storage volume
  • Approved building permit for the system
  • Rebate approval through a pre-inspection with a Public Works representative before commencing work on the system
  • The system must last for a minimum of 20 years
  • The rainwater cistern(s) must be either UV resistant or enclosed/painted

Rebates will be issued after the system is installed and inspected by a Public Works representative and a final cost report submitted.

As part of our installation service, we will provide all of the documentation necessary to complete the rainwater harvesting system rebate application.

Download the Sunset Valley rainwater collection system rebate form.


Click here to schedule a Rainwater harvesting system consultation


City of Round Rock Rainwater Harvesting Rebate

The City of Round Rock Water Conservation Department is offering a rebate of $0.50 per gallon, up to $400 in rainwater collection system rebates to their water customers.

Round Rock has specific guidelines for the rebate so you should definitely understand all of the requirements before purchasing any rainwater harvesting system.

Some requirements include:

  • Applicant must be a direct water customer from the City of Round Rock in good standing.
  • Only purchased tanks and/or barrels are eligible for the rebate. Home-made barrels, barrels previously used, and/or barrels purchased directly from the City of Round Rock ARE NOT eligible for the rebate.
  • A purchase receipt must be submitted with the application form within 60-days of purchase to qualify.
  • The receipt must include the purchase date, vendor name and address, purchase price, and description of the barrel/tank.
  • Rebate is $0.50 per gallon of storage capacity, not to exceed the tank purchase price.
  • The maximum rebate amount per water account is $400.
  • Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funding is available.

Download the Round Rock Rainwater Harvesting Rebate form.


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New Braunfels Utilites (NBU) Rain Barrel and Cistern Rebate

New Braunfels Utilites (NBU) is offering a rebate of $0.50 per gallon, up to $250 in rainwater collection system rebates to their water customers. The rebate will be credited to their utility account. NBU has specific guidelines for the rebate so you should definitely understand all of the requirements before purchasing any rain barrel or cistern.

Some requirements include:

  • Rain barrels and cisterns should be elevated at least 6 inches off the ground
  • If a cistern is installed, it must have a first flush system designed to divert and discard the first 10 gallons for every 1000 square foot of rain catchment area
  • Cisterns need to be opaque or painted to prevent light from entering
  • Rain Barrel openings should be covered with screening small enough to prevent mosquitoes
  • Overflow systems must be designed to prevent erosion or localized flooding

Download the Sunset Valley rainwater collection system rebate form.


Upper Guadalupe River Authority Rainwater Catchment System Rebate Program

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) is offering a rebate of up to $50 for purchase of a rainwater catchment system. The UGRA hopes that this will help Kerr County promote water conservation and watershed stewardship.

UGRA’s Rainwater Catchment System Rebate Pilot Program will be available to anyone with a Kerr County address and will reimburse eligible applicants up to $50 when they provide proof of purchase of a rainwater catchment system.

Download the UGRA Press Release for the Rebate program.

 
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