About Cisterns: Popular for larger residential properties or commercial sites to irrigate landscapes
Rebate Amount: $1.00/gallon
Size Requirement: 200+ gallons
Installation Requirement: Must be installed by a licensed contractor
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We know you're eager to get started, but make sure to read these steps first. You must apply before you purchase your cistern!
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Cisterns are effective and easily-maintainable water capture and conservation devices.
Cisterns can be above-ground or below-ground tanks and are preferable for commercial or residential properties for irrigation. Cisterns can hold enough water to irrigate larger landscapes or water-intensive gardens. Watering plants with harvested water is a great alternative to potable water.
Because they capture rainwater cisterns can also help slow the flow of runoff and street ponding during storms.
Requirements for a Cistern Rebate
Per Valley Water and the City of Palo Alto, the following requirements must be met to receive a cistern rebate:
Cisterns can be installed above-ground or below-ground.
A typical cistern will include:
Rescape Qualified Professionals Directory Rescape regularly updates a directory of local contractors that have completed their qualifying trainings. These trainings use a sustainable, holistic approach to the design and management of a landscape. They work with nature to conserve water and soil, reduce waste, and prevent pollution. You can find a Rescape Qualified Professional near you in this directory. The City is not responsible for any damage or construction mistakes caused by a contractor, landscape professional, or any other individual.
Any cistern installation with the following features will require a building permit, or at minimum, a consultation with the City of Palo Alto Development Center before installation:
To inquire about permitting, contact the Development Center at (650) 329-2496 and select Option 3 for Building Plan Check Team when prompted. Permit approval should be submitted at the time of your application.
Applicants can receive a cistern rebate at a rate of $1.00/gallon. For example, a 200-gallon cistern would receive a $200 rebate. See table below for details. Each property has a maximum lifetime rebate cap. The lifetime rebate cap is the total rebate amount that one property can receive across that property’s lifetime. This rebate cap includes funding received from other Valley Water and City rebates, including City of Palo Alto Utility water-saving rebates.
Cisterns need little maintenance once installed. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) suggests that owners follow these simple steps to maintain their cistern:
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Last updated on July 01, 2022