Sonoma County Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program

Two large rainwater cisterns
Photo courtesy of Sonoma Resource Conservation District
front of house at an angle

In partnership with Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GRRCD), Sonoma Resource Conservation District (Sonoma RCD), Daily Acts, County of Sonoma and the California Department of Water Resources, rebates are available for rainwater harvesting systems installed anywhere in Sonoma County. Rebates will be provided for both small and large rainwater capture systems, based on a limited-time, first-come, first-served basis. This program is designed to reduce the barriers to installation by increasing the affordability of these systems and providing technical assistance for system design, installation, and troubleshooting.

1 – Rebate Varies by Location:

City of Healdsburg

Up to $0.50 per gallon of storage, not to exceed actual cost. Total rebates for rain barrels and cisterns may not exceed $500 per site.

City of Petaluma

Please refer to the large and small system application forms while this rebate is being developed.

City of Santa Rosa

Rebate information coming soon. For more information please contact the City of Santa Rosa at 707-543-3985 or email watersmart@srcity.org

All other areas of Sonoma County – Systems under 5,000 gallons

Small rainwater storage capacity less than 5,000 gallons will receive $0.50 per gallon. Note that small systems are meant to be Do-It-Yourself. Please review the rainwater rebate kick-off webinar, along with the posted FAQ and other resources before filling out the application for technical assistance below.

If you have any questions please reach out to Daily Acts, moreinfo@dailyacts.org

All other areas of Sonoma County – Systems over 5,000 gallons

Large storage capacity, 5,000 gallons or more will receive $.50 per gallon up to $5,000.  Designs must be developed or approved by program staff before construction to ensure they comply with necessary specifications.  Due to significant demand, program staff are currently wait-listing applicants who require technical assistance for design.  Applicants who wish to move forward with the process more quickly can develop their own designs or work with other qualified designers to do so, and submit those for approval before going into construction in order to qualify for the rebate.  If you choose to do this, please indicate so on the application form linked below so staff can ensure rebate funding is still available

If you have any questions please reach out to Noelle with Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, noelle@goldridgercd.org

2 – Terms and Conditions (See application form for complete details)

  • Tank or barrel must connect to rain gutter and downspout/rain chain with mosquito exclusion and safe overflow
  • Tank or barrel must have a solid level foundation
  • Tank or barrel must meet code compliance, please refer to local building department
  • Tank or barrel must be labeled ‘Non-Potable
  • Rebates are for materials only (not labor)
  • Receipts for materials and photos of completed systems must be submitted before issuance of rebates
  • Rebates are capped at cost of materials and/or rebate cap based on system size, whichever is lower
  • Submittal of application or technical assistance request does not guarantee issuance of rebate
  • Applicants must submit a W-9 to receive the rebate

Additional Resources:

For design assistance please reach out to Noelle Johnson with Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District: noelle@goldridgercd.org

Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors!