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Rainwater Harvesting

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Jennifer NationsWater Resource Coordinator979.764.6223
Rain barrels are an excellent way to make rainwater do “double duty” for you. In fact, from a 2,000 square-foot roof, you can collect approximately 1,000 gallons of rainwater after a one-inch rain! Collecting rainwater in barrels is a great way to water your landscape, while saving on your water bill.

RAIN BARRELS ARE EXEMPT FROM SALES TAX

As an added benefit, now when you buy your rain barrel, you no longer have to pay sales tax! The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has made rain barrels exempt from sales tax because they are used for water conservation. To qualify for the exemption, purchasers will need to have a Texas Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certification Form (Form 01-339) when making the purchase.

RAIN BARREL REBATE

College Station water customers can apply for a rebate for purchasing a new or refurbished food-grade barrel designed to hold 30 gallons of water or more. "Self-made" rain barrels, such as trash cans, are not eligible for a rebate. Submit your dated and itemized receipt (original or copy) together with a rain barrel rebate application form to College Station Water Services within 90 days of purchase. A site inspection may be conducted before College Station issues the rebate. The rain barrel must be installed and functional at the time of the inspection. The rebate is $25 per barrel or actual cost of barrel if less than $25, and will appear as a credit on your utility bill. Limit of two rain barrels per household.  

TIPS

If you purchase a translucent barrel, it will need to be painted in a dark color to prevent the growth of algae.

Don't forget to screen the opening to your barrel to restrict access by children and animals, and prevent mosquitoes.

MORE RESOURCES

>> Rainwater Harvesting - Texas Water Development Board
>> Texas Agrilife Extension Service
>> American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)
>> Texas Rainwater Catchment Association


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