Rainwater collection systems use a building roof to stream the water into a storage system, sometimes with filtration, for later use. In Austin, Texas the local government has offered rebates for rainwater systems as well as the installation of a home or business.
The rebates for each project are up to $5,000 per qualifying site. For rainwater systems with water storage tanks with 500-gallon capacity and larger, the project must be pre-approved by the City of Austin in order to qualify for the rebate.
Must be a customer of Austin Water or another qualifying water provider in the City
Must be the property owner or the utility account holder, with the property owner’s permission
May not have applied in the past 12 months or have reached the $5,000 rainwater rebate limit for the site
Must intend to keep the system in service for ten years
Agrees to necessary pre and post-installation inspections by Austin Water
Willing to allow Austin Water to reference the project in outreach materials
Must be a new system or an expansion of an existing system
Must meet City subdivision, HOA and zoning requirements, including setback and impervious cover limits
Collected rainwater can’t be used for drinking
Equipment must be new and intended for rainwater harvesting
Metal tanks must be lined (Pioneer Water Tanks’ include the Aqualiner, known to be the best in the industry with a 65-year lifespan and certified by NSF International).
Transparent tanks and pipes must be painted or enclosed
Water storage tanks with 500-gallon capacities and larger must have a first-flush diversion system and a level base made of gravel, sand or concrete. A first-flush system diverts the start of rainwater before it enters the water storage tank since there’s a possibility of contaminants from the gutter system. Once this first-flush runs through and is diverted, the rainwater will then run clean into the tank.
This rainwater system stores the water for this residence in Austin Texas for the irrigation system.
Get started with Harvested Rain Solutions, located at 11183 Circle Dr Suite D, Austin, TX 78736.
HRS’ owner, Ron Van Sickle is a Texas State Licensed Irrigation Contractor and can help with the full development of a rainwater system from collection to use. Ron has helped many Austin residents benefit from this rainwater rebate to have a rainwater system implemented at their home, from design to installation with a maintenance guarantee.