Many cities, water districts, and conservation agencies offer rain barrel rebates! We've linked to a few rebate programs here. This list is by no means exhaustive, so check with your local jurisdiction if you don't see a listing here.
(By the way, if you're concerned that rain barrels might be illegal, if your local municipality is incentivizing them, you can be certain those are just rumors! We've been selling code-compliant rain barrel systems since 2012, and while rumors abound, nowhere, to our knowledge, is our professionally-designed BlueBarrel Rainwater Catchment System™ illegal.)
Please Note: Each rebating agency has its own terms of eligibility. It is the customer's responsibility to apply for rebate funds. Many BlueBarrel customers have benefitted from local rebate programs, however BlueBarrel does not administer rebates, and cannot guarantee the outcome of rebate applications.
Rain Barrel Rebates by State / Region (from West to East):
700 Million Gallons RainWise Rebate, serving Seattle residents.
Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) Rain Barrel Rebate serving residents of:
- San Mateo County (incl. Daly City, Brisbane, South San Francisco, Millbrae, Hillsborough, San Bruno, Redwood City, Menlo Park
- Santa Clara County (incl. San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford University)
- Alameda County & Water District
- Coastside County Water District
- North Coast County Water District
- Estero Municipal Improvement District
- Purissima Hills Water District
- City of Santa Rosa
- City of Petaluma
- City of Healdsburg
- All Sonoma County
A special note for Texans: with an extensive application process, Texas residents can qualify for a sales tax exemption on rainwater harvesting equipment. If you buy from BlueBarrel, you will automatically have NO sales tax applied to your purchase - no paperwork necessary! As a small online retailer based in CA, we are not required to charge sales tax on out-of-state-purchase. This goes for any purchaser outside the state of California.
Save Water NC (This website lists water-saving incentives for cities across North Carolina)
Washington DC / Maryland:
Raritan River Rain Barrel Rebate Program (Bridgewater, Raritan, Somerville)
Before you go with one of the rain barrel sales offered in New England cities, check out BlueBarrel's pricing and see that you can install a much bigger rainwater catchment system at a much lower price-per-barrel with BlueBarrel! Our Online Store will connect you with our recycled barrel outlet in Chicopee, MA; New Britain, CT, and others in the northeast!
Here's a great listing of rainwater harvesting rebates throughout the nation. If you don't see anything in your region, call your city or county to learn more—new programs are popping up daily!