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.

You are eligible if you own or rent a residential building, commercial building, or community space in DC. You don’t need to live in DC to apply, as long as the property you’re applying for is in DC.

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This page was last updated November 2022.

Department of Energy and Environment