Rain Barrels

Notice: Due to the "shelter in place" order currently in effect in the Bay Area, rebate processing may be delayed at this time.  We appreciate your understanding. 

 

Prepare for the rainy season by installing a rain barrel!  Rebates of up to $200 are now available. 
 

In partnership with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County), BAWSCA and participating member agencies are offering rebates of up to $200 per rain barrel or cistern for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels.

 

For the fastest rebate, apply online. You will need your water account number in order to register for an online account and submit your application.

 

Program Information


What are rain barrels?

 

Rain barrels are used to collect rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops and store it for later use. They are low-cost systems that allow you to supplement your water supply with a sustainable source and help preserve local watersheds by detaining rainfall. When you install a rain barrel at your home you are helping to maintain a healthy urban watershed by reducing the demand on the potable water system to irrigate your garden, and by reducing the amount of wet weather runoff that is collected and sent into the public storm water system, which goes untreated into our bays and estuaries.


Are rain barrels a good option for me?

 

Rain barrels and cisterns are appropriate for sites with the following characteristics:

  • Roof areas that drain to downspouts
  • A level, firm surface to support a rain barrel to prevent shifting or falling over.  A full 55-gallon rain barrel will weigh over 400 lbs
  • A landscaped area where captured water can be used (and where it can be drained by gravity flow) located within a reasonable distance
  • A landscaped area or safe path to the storm drain


How much water do rain barrels save?

 

The amount of water that can be collected from a rooftop depends on several variables, including the dimensions of the rooftop, the collection capacity, and the amount and timing of the rain received. Be sure to do some calculations to determine how much rain barrel storage capacity you need. For example, San Mateo typically receives around 19 inches of rain annually.
 

How do I receive a rebate?


You may be eligible for two rebates totaling up to $200 for your rain barrel or cistern purchase, including:

  • Up to $150 from the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program for San Mateo County installations
  • Up to $50 from participating BAWSCA water agencies or the City of San Mateo

 

Total combined rebate is up to $200 per qualifying rain barrel or cistern or up to the total cost of the rain barrel, not including sales tax, whichever is less.
 

New rebated amounts are effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

  • Rain barrels with a 50-99 gallon capacity:
    $50 (+ $50 from participating member agencies) = Up to $100 rebate per rain barrel
     
  • Rain barrels with a 100-199 gallon capacity:
    $100 (+ $50 from participating member agencies) = Up to $150 rebate per rain barrel
     
  • Rain barrels with a 200+ gallon capacity:
    $150 (+ $50 from participating member agencies) = Up to $200 rebate per rain barrel


To obtain your rebate, submit your rebate application, along with your purchase receipt and post-installation photos, to BAWSCA via mail at 155 Bovet Road Suite 650, San Mateo, CA 94402.

 



Member Agencies offering Rain Barrel Rebate



Rebate

Agency

Rebate

Description

Rain Barrel RebateAlameda County Water DistrictUp to 50.00Fremont, Newark, Union City
Rain Barrel RebateBrisbane, City ofUp to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateBurlingame, City ofUp to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateCal Water Service Co. - Bear GulchUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateCal Water Service Co. - Mid-PeninsulaUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateCal Water Service Co. - SSFUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateCoastside County Water DistrictUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateDaly City, City ofUp to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateEast Palo Alto Up to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateEstero Municipal Improvement DistrictUp to 150.00Foster City
Rain Barrel RebateHayward, City ofUp to 50.00
Rain Barrel RebateHillsborough, Town ofUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateMenlo Park, City ofUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateMid-Peninsula Water District Up to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateMillbrae, City ofUp to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateNorth Coast County Water DistrictUp to 200.00Pacifica
Rain Barrel RebateRedwood City, City ofUp to 200.00
Rain Barrel RebateSan Bruno, City ofUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateSan Mateo CountyUp to 150.00
Rain Barrel RebateSan Mateo, City ofUp to 100.00San Mateo, City of
Rain Barrel RebateSunnyvale, City ofUp to 50.00
Rain Barrel RebateWestborough Water DistrictUp to 50.00Daly City, San Bruno, South SF