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get a rebate for a rain barrel to reduce polluted water in our rivers?


1. Learn about this resource. 

Residents can receive a rebate when they help reduce polluted water from getting into our rivers by installing rain barrels at a residential building, commercial building, or community space in DC. Rain barrels catch and store the rainwater running off your rooftop to water your garden or wash your car. We—DC Government—offer a one-time rebate of $2 per gallon up to the cost of your rain barrel (not including tax and shipping). For example, if you install a rain barrel that holds 50 gallons, you could get up to a $100 rebate. Your barrel must hold at least 50 gallons, and you can receive a rebate for multiple barrels at the same property up to $1,000 total for each property.


This program is called RiverSmart Rebates and is offered by the Department of Energy & Environment, in partnership with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a local nonprofit.

2. Check if you are eligible.

Property owners of residential buildings, commercial buildings, and community spaces in the District are eligible, including those who have already received RiverSmart Homes or RiverSmart Communities funding. Rebates are made on a first come first serve basis, while funds last.

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This page was last updated January 2023.

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