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Water district launches rainwater capture rebates


Dear neighbors,

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is launching a new set of rebates to help Santa Clara County residents continue making conservation a lifestyle. The water district now offers rainwater capture rebates within its Landscape Rebate Program. Rain gardens, rain barrels, and cisterns are all systems used to keep rainwater onsite for reuse within the landscape and are now available for a rebate.


Under the new rainwater capture rebate, customers can receive a rebate of $1 per square foot of roof area for stormwater diverted into designated rain garden areas (for a maximum of $300). The rebate rate is based on the roof area and not the size of the rain garden.


Also offered under the new rainwater capture rebate are additional options for capturing rainwater onsite for reuse, including rain barrels and cisterns. Homeowners and businesses can receive a rebate of up to $35 per rain barrel installed (40-199 gallon capacity). For sites wishing to install a larger, more robust rainwater capture system, a rebate of $0.50 per gallon is available for installing cisterns (large above- or below-ground water storage tanks) that hold a minimum of 200 gallons of rainwater.


Get more detail on the benefits of rain gardens and rain barrels on our newsblog: www.valleywaternews.org.


As with all water district rebates, an application and approval is required before purchasing any equipment or starting any work, please call our conservation hotline for more information at (408) 630-2554.


For more information on the rainwater capture rebates, including qualifying equipment and material lists, visit: https://www.valleywater.org/landscaperebateprogram.


We hope you will find this program useful in making conservation a part of your lifestyle.


Sincerely, Barbara Keegan

Director, District 2

Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors

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