Rainwater Harvesting System Rebates
Take advantage of these rebate opportunities!
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.
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.
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.
City of San Marcos Rain Barrel Rebate Program
The City of San Marcos Sunset Valley is offering a rebate of up to $50 for purchase of rain barrels. In order to qualify for the rebate rain barrels must:
- Be new finished barrels sold solely for the purpose of collecting rain water,
- Be covered or screened to restrict access,
- Have a uv-resistant coating or covering to restrict algae growth.
The program is open to single-family residential water customers that are served by the City of San Marcos. There is a limit of 2 barrels that may be rebated per residence and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Purchase a new finished rain barrel sold soley for the purpose of collecting rain water. Barrels must be screened or covered to restrict accesibility, and must be ultraviolet-resistant to prevent algae growth.
- Return the completed application along with your receipt for the purchase of the rain barrel within 30 days of purchase date.
- The City of San Marcos may call to schedule an inspection to confirm installation.
- After inspection, you will receive your rebate check by mail.
Download the San Marcos Rain Barrel 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.