Spring Harvest 2009: Rain Barrel and Cistern Programs Flow Across US & Canada
by Doug Pushard

This spring cities and communities all over the US and Canada are rolling out rain barrel and cistern programs. For some communities these are new programs while for others they are part of their now standard water conservation efforts. Not surprising newly drought stricten areas have implemented new programs to jump start their water conservation efforts.

Even with the recent snowfall and rain that has swept the country, most communities still believe they need to conserve water due to growing demands and the lingering effects of the drought.

Listed below are some of the programs and dates from around the country. This is not an exhaustive list. For information in your area, contact your local water agency or city conservationist.

If you do not have access to rain barrels you can purchase them online from Aaron's Rain Barrels who offers them in wood and recycled plastic.

In the USA

Tucson, AZ Workshop

Scottsdale, AZ - Workshop

Monterey, CA – Cistern rebates NEW

Palo Alto, CA – Cistern rebates NEW

Santa Monica, CA – Rain barrel rebates NEW

Scotts Valley, CA – Cistern rebates NEW

Soquel, CA – Cistern and rain barrel rebates NEW

Daytona Beach, FL – Rain barrel rebates NEW

Florida Keys, FL - Cistern rebate NEW

Lee County, FL Rain barrel and landscaping workshop

Orlando and Orange County, FL - Cistern rebate NEW

Ponce Inlet, FL – Rain barrel rebates NEW

Libertyville, IL – Rain barrel rebates NEW

Cape Cod, MA – Rain barrel rebates NEW

Reading, MA – Rain barrel rebate

Springfiled, MO - Rain barrels rebates

Mecklenburg SWCD, NC - Rain barrel sale

Albuquerque, NM Rebate program

Toledo, OH - Rainbarrel Discounts NEW

Portland, OR - Education NEW

Adams County, PA Rain barrels

Allen, TX - Education and rebates

Austin, TX Rain barrel sale and rebates

Fairview, TX – Rainbarrel rebates NEW

Williamsburg, VA– Rain barrel sale and rebates

Olympia, WA - Rain barrels rebates

Fitchsburg, WI - Rain barrels and cistern rebates

Madison, WI - Rain barrels - Sustain Dane

River Falls, WI - Rain barrels rebates

In Canada

Calgary, Canada Rain barrel sale

Vancouver, Canada – Rain barrel sale NEW

If you know of other programs not listed on our site, please drop us an email with the community, program and contact information and we'll get it added to the site.

Spring is quickly approaching and now is the time to prepare to harvest that rain for the coming dry summer months.

Related Links:

Are Rain Barrel Programs Successful - A case study

Do Rain Barrels Reduce Runoff - A case study

Getting Started with Rain Barrels - A list of resources

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