Rain Barrel Rebate Program

Effective July 1, 2018
City of Modesto water customers may be eligible for a rebate when they purchase and install an approved Rain Barrel. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The City reserves the right to terminate this program at any time and for any reason.

Customers are eligible for a $50.00 rebate for each 50 gallon Rain Barrel for a maximum of 2 barrels.

Rain barrels conserve water and help prevent pollution. The rain barrels provide a free water source for outdoor watering and minimize the amount of water going into storm drains and ponding basins.

How to Apply

  1. ​Obtain an application using one of the following methods:
    1. Telephone: (209) 342-2246
    2. Apply Online
    3. Email
  2. Send completed application and the original sales receipt to:
    1. Mail:
      City of Modesto Attention:Water Division - Rebate Program
      PO Box 642 
      Modesto CA 95353 
    2. ​Fax: 209-577-4983
    3. ​Email
A City of Modesto representative will contact you to schedule a brief appointment to verify your the proper installation and approve the rain barrel.

Program Guidelines and Participation Section

Who Qualifies?

​• City of Modesto customers who pay a water utility bill to the City of Modesto
​• Customer accounts that are in good standing
​• Tenants must provide written approval from the property owner or property manager


​• Program applies to each Rain Barrel purchased between 7/1/18 through 6/30/19.
​• Rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of sales receipt.
​• After application is received and reviewed an inspection may be scheduled.
​​• If not approved at inspection, you have 30 days to make corrections and schedule a final inspection.

Rain Barrels (qualifying for rebate)

​• Homemade barrels do not qualify.
​• Provide clear photos of the newly installed Rain Barrel and submit with the application.
​• Rebate only applies to above the ground rain capture devices that do not require pumps and/or backflows.
​• Rain Barrel must be designed to capture rain and must be connected to a gutter downspout.
​• Rain Barrels must be installed within the Modesto City service area and at the location on the application.
​• Barrels must be at least 50 gallons in capacity.


​• Existing Rain Barrels, barrel installation costs, new construction, accessories, and taxes do not qualify.
​• Rebate checks will be mailed within 8 weeks after completing the rebate process.
​• Rebate amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the new rain barrels.
​• Rebates are limited to 2 barrels per utility billing account per fiscal year (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

Application and Rebate Approval or Denial

​• On-site compliance verification is required.
​• The original itemized dated sales receipt for the new rain barrels is required (copies not accepted). Scanned original will be accepted via online submittal only.
​• Incomplete, incorrect or unsigned applications cannot be processed. We will contact you with any discrepancies and may require you to submit a new application.
​• Customer must fulfill all program guidelines to be eligible for rebates.
​• The rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of sales receipt.

Other Considerations

​• The Rebate Program is not responsible for materials lost by mail.
​• Submission or possession of a rebate application does not guarantee receiving a rebate.
​• Rebates are processed on a first come, first served basis.
​• Funding for this rebate program is limited to available resources.
​• Rebate amounts are subject to change without notification.
​• This program shall at all times be subject to change or termination without prior notice.