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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Buda's Rain Barrel Program Returns

Rain Barrel

Buda’s Rain Barrel Program Returns

The City of Buda is once again selling rain barrels to City of Buda water customers as part of the City’s sustainability and conservation initiatives. Buda water customers can go online to www.cityrainbarrelprogram.org and select City of Buda, TX under the Current Participating Cities header. You may also type in https://tinyurl.com/ybklzao7 to your web browser to go straight to the City of Buda page to purchase a rain barrel.

The City of Buda will provide a rebate on your City of Buda water bill when you install your rain barrel (limit one rebate per household).

The ordering window opens on Friday, September 15th.

City of Buda Rain Barrel Rebate Form   

City of Buda Rain Barrel Rebate Agreement

RainSaver 54 - $84.99: Available in Antique Brown, Terra Cotta, and Moss Green. Eligible for a $27 rebate on City of Buda water bill. Cost is $57.99 after rebate.

100 Gallon Rainwater Harvesting Tank - $164.99: Available in a variety of colors. Eligible for a $50 rebate on City of Buda water bill. Cost is $114.99 after rebate.

Orders can be placed until October 15th. Rain barrels will be distributed on Saturday, October 28th at the Buda Sportsplex located at 310 Buda Sportsplex Dr, Buda, Texas from 9am – 12pm. All orders must be placed in advance. No barrels will be available for purchase during the distribution. Please also check with your Home Owner’s Association on the placement of rain barrels on your property, if applicable.

Using a rain barrel to collect rainwater for your landscaping is beneficial in a number of ways.

  • Plants benefit from natural rainwater over tap water.
  • Save money! Using rainwater reduces your water utility bill.
  • Using rainwater instead of rainwater preserves water in our aquifers.
  • Reduce storm water run-off.

To learn more, email mkeen@ci.buda.tx.us.


Why is the City offering a rebate on a rain barrels?

With increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, the necessity for water conservation is becoming a permanent mindset for most Central Texans.  Collecting rainwater and storing it for future use during dry times is a great way to practice water conservation.  One of the easiest and least expensive methods for homeowners to begin collecting rainwater is to install rain barrels at their residence.  The barrels are small enough and manageable enough to provide an entry level experience into rainwater harvesting.  The collected rainwater is water ideal for gravity irrigating small landscaping installations in close proximity of the rain barrel. 

Who is eligible for the rain barrel rebate?

Any resident of Buda may purchase a rain barrel through this program.  However, only Buda residents that receive water service from the City of Buda and are current on all bill payments are eligible to receive a rebate.  

How do I know if my water is provided by the City of Buda?

Your monthly utility bill will include separate charges for all city services provided by the city.  Please verify that you are billed for both water and wastewater on your city utility bill.  If you need help determining if you are a City of Buda water customer, please call 512-295-8845.

I receive wastewater services, but not water services from the City of Buda.  Why am I not eligible for the rain barrel rebate?  

This rebate program uses funds specifically allocated for water conservation programming, therefore the rebate is only available to residents that receive water service from Buda.

Where do I get the rain barrels from?  How much do they cost?

The City has partnered with Poly-Mart in Austin, Texas to make rain barrels available.  Through this partnership, three styles of barrels are available:

50 gallon SpringSaver Barrel ($59.99 to $64.99)

54 gallon RainSaver Barrel ($84.99)

100 Gallon Rainharvesting Tank ($164.95)

Who installs the rain barrels?

The purchaser assumes all responsibility and liability for transporting, installing, and maintaining the rain barrel or storage tank.  Rain barrel installation should be for irrigation purposes only, and should not be used for potable (drinking) water.

I am a City of Buda water customer and I already have rain barrel installed.  Am I eligible for a rebate?

No.  The rebate program is not retroactive.  Rebates are only good for equipment purchased on or after June 1, 2016.

Where do I get the rain barrels from?  How much do they cost?

The City has partnered with Poly-Mart in Austin, Texas to make rain barrels available.  Through this partnership, three styles of barrels are available:

50 gallon SpringSaver Barrel ($59.99 to $64.99)

54 gallon RainSaver Barrel ($84.99)

100 Gallon Rainharvesting Tank ($164.95)

Rain barrels may be purchased online at:  www.cityrainbarrelprogram.org

Why is the City partnering with this company?

  • Poly-Mart produces attractive looking rain barrels that are aesthetically pleasing and functional
  • Rain barrels/storage tanks produced by Poly-Mart come in a variety of colors
  • The equipment produced by

Do I have to buy a rain barrel from Poly-Mart/cityrainbarrelprogram.org to receive a rebate?

No.  Qualifying customers that purchase a rain barrel from a different manufacturer may apply for the rebate under the following conditions:

  • The equipment purchased must be manufactured and sold as a rain barrel, expressly designed for capturing rain water.
  • Converted trash cans, food barrels or other containers do not qualify for a rebate.
  • The rain barrel/storage tank must have appropriate mesh screening to prevent mosquitoes from accessing and breeding in the stored water. 
  • The tank

Who installs the rain barrels?

The purchaser assumes all responsibility and liability for transporting, installing, and maintaining the rain barrel or storage tank. 

BEFORE YOU PURCHASE A RAIN BARREL: 

Please consult your HOA to ensure that placement of the rain barrel/storage tank will not violate any covenants or restrictions.  It is the home owners’ responsibility to ensure rain barrels/storage tanks are compliant with HOA requirements prior to purchase.

If you are seeking a rebate, please review your monthly utility bill to ensure that you are a water customer of the city of Buda before purchasing a rain barrel.

If you need assistance determining if you purchase water from the City of Buda, please call 512-295-8845.

 If you purchase water

I understand that I must be a City of Buda water and wastewater customer to be eligible for the rebate.  Customers with wastewater service only may purchase rain barrels through this program, but will not be eligible for a rebate from the City of Buda

I have verified that my planned rain barrel/storage tank installation is in compliance with my HOA covenants or other neighborhood deed restrictions. 

I understand that I assume all risk and liability for transporting, installing, and maintaining the rain barrels/storage tanks.

I understand that water collected in the rain barrels/storage tanks is not suitable for potable (drinking) water uses and should only be used for irrigation only.

I understand that the rain barrels/storage tanks cannot be connected to the City’s water distribution system.

I agree to allow access to City staff to verify the rain barrels/storage tank was installed at the address of the account holder requesting the rebate before or after the

I understand that if City Staff determines that the rain barrel/storage tank purchased under this program are not installed at the address of  the account holder requesting the rebate, I will be charged for the full amount of the rebate on my utility bill. 

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