Stormwater Rebates for Residents and Businesses

Save money and help protect local creeks and the
San Francisco Bay!

The City of Palo Alto partners with Valley Water to offer stormwater rebates to residents and businesses in Palo Alto. Rebates are offered through the Stormwater Rebate Program for rain barrels, cisterns, rain gardens and pervious pavement. These features typically enhance the beauty and water-efficiency of your landscape, capture rainwater for future irrigation use, reduce moisture and ponding around building foundations, and filter pollutants from stormwater runoff that would otherwise enter creeks and the San Francisco Bay.

Current Stormwater Rebates

Rain barrel; underground cistern; permeable pavement layers; rain garden

Rain
Barrel 

Cisterns 

Pervious
Pavement 

Rain
Gardens 

Total Rebate Amount*:
$70/barrel

Total Rebate Amount*:
$1.00/gallon

Total Rebate Amount:
$1.50/square foot

Total Rebate Amount*:
$2/square foot of roof diverted up to $600

Size Requirement:
40-199 gallons
Size Requirement:
>200 gallons
Size Requirement:
100 square foot minimum
Size Requirement:
Minimum of 100 square foot diverted
Installation 
Requirement: 
Can be self-installed
Installation
Requirement: 
Must be installed by a licensed contractor

Installation
Requirement:
Must be installed by a licensed contractor

Installation
Requirement:

Must be installed by a licensed contractor

*For additional details on Valley Water and City contributions to each rebate, please view the individual stormwater feature pages. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the stormwater rebate?

The City offers rebates to property owners, renters, and tenants who reside or have a place of business within the City. Contractors, employees, renters and tenants may apply on behalf of their client with approval from the property owner.

What is a stormwater measure?

A stormwater measure is a feature of infrastructure or landscaping that diverts stormwater away from impermeable surfaces, like roadways and rooftops, and directs it toward permeable surfaces, like gardens, or stores it for irrigation.

How does stormwater affect our creeks and the San Francisco Bay?

With every storm, rain carries pollutants from roofs, parking lots, pavement, and other impervious surfaces onto streets and into storm drain inlets. These curb openings provide a path for polluted stormwater runoff to flow into the City storm drain system and into local creeks and the San Francisco Bay without removal or treatment. These storms are associated with ponding concerns throughout the City and may erode creeks and compromise the structure of our creek channels.

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