The City of San Marcos is offering a new rebate program to help residents save water through the use of rain barrels.
San Marcos single-family residential water customers can receive up to a $50 rebate for purchasing and installing one or two qualifying rain barrels per home.
The rain barrels that qualify have to be new, finished rain barrels that are used solely for the purpose of collecting rain water. They must have a capacity of 100 gallons or less. The barrels must be screened or covered to restrict accessibility and must be ultraviolet-resistant to prevent algae growth.
“We’ve had a lot of questions about rainwater harvesting this year, and I think it’s the perfect time to implement a program,” said Jan Klein, Conservation Coordinator for the City of San Marcos. “People are very concerned about the drought and want to do everything they can to conserve our precious water resources. Even a small rain can result in a lot of harvested rainwater that can be used later for watering plants.”
According to the drought rules in San Marcos, rain water is considered an alternative water source and is exempt from drought restrictions.
For more information on the rain barrel rebate program, visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/water or contact Klein at (512) 393-8310.
(Editor’s note: The above has been revised to say the eligible rain barrels must have a capacity of 100 gallons or less.)Email | Print