Updated January 8, 2019. By Oscar Ortega: There are so many reasons to save for a sunny day! Rain barrels and cisterns can keep your water bills low through the heat of summer. More importantly, they protect your garden’s resilience to drought.
If you want to save water, be sure to let your municipality help you save money too!Municipal rebates and incentives for rain barrel and cistern installation are substantial – for good reason. Saving rainwater lessens LA’s water dependance, protects aging stormwater infrastructure and improves the health and cleanliness of our beaches. See below for ways to save.
The West Basin Water District offers free rain barrels at local events – there is high demand, so pre-registration is necessary! Rain Barrel International offers discounted rain barrels at local events in the LA area.
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Many LA-area municipalities offer grants or rebates. Here is a quick snapshot of some of the support available.
SoCal Water Smart
$35.00 Rain Barrel: 50-199 gallons. Max. quantity: 2.
$250.00 Cistern: 200-500 gallons. Max. quantity: 1
$300.00 Cistern: 501-999 gallons. Max. quantity: 1
$350.00 Cistern: 1000+ gallons. Max. quantity: 1
City of Pasadena
Up to $100 per rain barrel
Up to $600 per cistern
City of Santa Monica
Up to $2000 in rain harvest rebates
San Gabriel Municipal Water District
$35.00 Rain Barrel: 50-199 gallons. Max. quantity: 1
$250.00 Cistern: 200-500 gallons
$300.00 Cistern: 501-999 gallons
$350.00 Cistern: 1000+ gallons