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Collecting Rain Today for a Better Tomorrow

Turn your roof into a water collection source with rainwater harvesting. Texas has one of the most comprehensive laws protecting rainwater harvesting, the Texas House Bill 3391. In 2001, Texas excluded components of rainwater harvesting systems from sales tax, Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code.

 

To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase. Link to the Sales Tax Exemption Form for Texas:

Harvesting rainwater for later use in irrigation, as a drinking water source or replacing your other water needs:

 

- Saves money on water purchasing through a utility or other water source

- Reduces demand on the municipal water supply

- Reduces flooding, erosion, and contamination of surface water with contaminants

- Provides a clean, pH balanced water source that is free of salts and other minerals that can harm plant root growth.

Rainwater harvesting can be used both in large-scale landscapes, such as parks, schools, commercial sites, parking lots and apartment complexes, and for personal home use. ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, is a nationally recognized accredited professional organization that can certify that the company that you work with will design and install a system up to standard.

 

The following are a few of the vast array of free resources and manuals about rainwater harvesting.

AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Link to Manual

The Texas Water Development Board Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Link to Manual

Rainwater Harvesting Potential and Guidelines for Texas, by the The Texas Water Development Board
Link to Guide

Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Link to Guide

TCEQ Harvesting, Storing, and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use
Link to Guide

Rainwater Harvesting and ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Link to Guide

 

All of the resources above are linked below with the full urls listed.

 

The Texas Water Development Board Rainwater Harvesting Manual

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/publications/brochures/conservation/doc/RainwaterHarvestingManual_3rdedition.pdf

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting Manual

https://pioneerwatertanksamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/AgriLifeRainwaterHarvestingManual.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting Potential and Guidelines for Texas, by The Texas Water Development Board

https://www.edwardsaquifer.net/pdf/RainwaterCommitteeFinalReport.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wcmg/files/2012/05/RWHLivestock8.pdf

 

TCEQ Harvesting, Storing and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use

https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wcmg/files/2012/05/TCEQDomestic3.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting and ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

http://www.arcsa-edu.org/Files/ARCSA_Basic_08_11_TriFold2012.pdf

 

Our local dealer and installer network provide rainwater systems across Texas for homes and businesses. Call or fill out the contact form to get started.

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Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with Long-Lasting Storage

The Lower Colorado River Authority offers rebates for rainwater systems to qualifying customers. The LCRA may provide rebates for 50% of the total cost, up to $600, per residential property for upgrades to conserve water and increase efficiency.

 

Rebate eligibility for LCRA customers is based on:

 

- Being a Lower Colorado River Authority domestic use customer.

- You are a resident who receives water from one of these LCRA water customers. The City of Austin customers are eligible for rebates from Austin Water. See the Rebate from Austin Water

- The rainwater system must be for non-potable use.

- The system must have a storage capacity of 100 gallons or more.

- Receipts and photos of the equipment up for the rebate must be submitted with the application.

 

Go to the application:

The rainwater harvesting system rebate program is a part of the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance to protect water quality as well as is an initiative to respond to stormwater pollution. Rainwater harvesting systems capture rooftop rain runoff for later sustainable use, instead of letting it run off and become possible stormwater pollution. Using a rainwater system for domestic purposes also reduces utility water use that can help with water availability.

 

On average, a rainwater system can collect 600 gallons of water per inch of rain for every 1,000 square feet of rooftop collection space. The State of Texas is one of the most encouraging state governments for rainwater systems with the House Bill 3391 (2011). HB 3391 is one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive pieces of legislation regarding rainwater harvesting in recent years. Link to Bill

 

All rainwater collection/harvesting equipment is exempt from sales tax, within the State of Texas, per Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. Link to Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase. An itemized receipt must be submitted with the application within 60‐days of installation. The receipt must include date, vendor name and address, the amount paid, and capacity of the tank.

 

See the Tax Exemption Form

Eligible water customers of LCRA include:

 

Aqua Texas (Barton Creek Lakeside Utilities), Aqua Texas (Rivercrest Water System), Buena Vista Water System, City of Burnet, City of Cedar Park, City of Cottonwood Shores, City of Granite Shoals, City of Horseshoe Bay, City of Lago Vista, City of Leander, City of Marble Falls, City of Pflugerville, Corix Utilities, Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation, Hays County, WCID #1, Hays County, WCID #2, Reunion Ranch, WCID, Hidden Valley Subdivision, Cooperative Hurst Creek, MUD, Inverness Point Water System, Jonestown Water Supply, Corporation Kingsland Water Supply, Corporation Lakeway, MUD #1, Lazy Nine, MUD 1-A, Sail Haven Water System, Llano County, MUD #1 Loop 360 Water Supply, Corporation Pecan Utilities, Company Peninsula Bluffs, PK-RE Development, Company Senna Hills, MUD, Travis County, MUD #10, Travis County, MUD #12, Travis County MUD #4, Travis County WCID #17, Travis County WCID #18, Travis County WCID #20, Travis County WCID, Point Venture Village of Briarcliff, West Travis County, PUA Windermere Oaks Water Supply Corporation

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Rainwater rebates in New Braunfels Texas

 

 

Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with the Longest-Lasting Storage

The City of New Braunfels in Texas offers rebates for rainwater systems based on $0.50 per gallon of water storage. The maximum rebate allowed is $250 for qualifying New Braunfels utility customers. This compensation program is with the New Braunfels Utility office and is paid as a credit on water billing accounts, so to qualify the business or residence must be a customer of NBU. This rebate program is ending soon, one requirement is that the application is being accepted before July 31, 2017.

 

Go to the application:

There are a few requirements for systems including:

 

1. Systems’ overflow must be designed to prevent erosion or localized flooding. Pioneer Water Tanks’ include the largest overflow on the market with a six-inch diameter to prevent incidents.

 

2. Rain barrels and tanks should be elevated at least 6 inches off the ground. Pioneer Water Tanks include a sand pad or cement ring beam option that qualifies for this requirement.

 

3. If a rainwater tank is installed, it must have a first flush system designed to divert and discard the first 10 gallons for every 1000 square foot of rain catchment area.

 

4. Water storage tanks need to be opaque or painted to prevent light from entering. With a Pioneer Water Tank, this is never an issue since it’s a bolted tank with the water protected within the five-layered Aqualiner tank liner. The liner has a 65-year lifespan and is NSF/ANSI 61 certified as well as BPA-Free.

 

5. Rain storage openings should be covered with screening small enough to prevent mosquitoes. The filter basket that is included with a Pioneer Water Tank has a thousand count mesh that goes beyond requirements to prevent mosquito and other contamination.

 

6. The application for the rebate must include a detailed drawing of the catchment vessel location.

 

7. The rebates can be used for non-potable systems only and cannot be used for drinking.

 

8. The rainwater systems cannot be connected to NBU’s potable water system.

 

9. A final inspection of the rainwater storage tank by an NBU Resource Conservation Representative is required to qualify.

Rainwater rebates in New Braunfels Texas

Rainwater rebates in New Braunfels Texas

All rainwater collection/harvesting equipment is exempt from sales tax, within the State of Texas, per Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase.

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Ready to Supply Water in an Emergency or For Everyday

The Harris County Fire Code requires enough water supply/pressure, called fire flow, in case of fire emergencies.

 

507.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction.

 

All New Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler Systems require permits and plan submittals in Harris County. New residential and commercial buildings also require permits, with some projects needing a supplemented water supply for fire flow requirements.

Pioneer Water Tanks America offers supplemental and complete water storage systems that comply with NFPA 22 Standards for Water Tanks for Private Fire Protection‎. Our standard range of capacities 5,000-Gallons to 1,000,000-Gallons. We can also provide custom capacities, sizes and for different application requirements.

 

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Our complete engineering submittal packages provide detailed drawings, engineering calculations, and Texas engineer stamped foundation designs for easier permit submission. Pioneer Water Tanks have full lines of commercial accessories to fulfill local authority requirements to make your tank multifunctional.

 

We support a nationwide dealer and installation network that can provide an efficient, onsite, accredited installation without the use of heavy machinery. Pioneer Water Tanks are installed with our proprietary jacking system for larger industrial projects within a week.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are proven to be a reliable water source that can include fire hose hookups as well as firefighting nozzles. The cost-effective capacity can also double as an emergency water source since the tank liner is NSF 61 certified for drinking water.

 

This is one example of a 65,000-Gallon fire protection water tank in Houston, Texas. This project was provided by Rainwater Equipment, RainwaterEquipment.com

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Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with Long-Lasting Storage

The City of Round Rock, Texas offers rebates for rainwater systems for qualifying residents. City of Round Rock water customers are eligible, while MUD customers are not. The City is incentivizing rainwater systems as a water conservation effort to reduce utility water use for irrigation.

 

Go to application:

The maximum rebate offered is $600 per qualifying resident, per year. The rebate can be used only for non-potable systems to use for irrigation and other domestic purposes. The City rebate is intended to go towards the cost of the water storage tank, pad material, pump, pipes, and gutters if needed. The system cannot be connected to the City’s water supply.

 

Other eligibility requirements:

 

- Applicant must be a direct City of Round Rock water customer in good standing. (MUD customers are not eligible)

 

- An itemized receipt must be submitted with the application within 60‐days of installation. The receipt must include date, vendor name and address, the amount paid, and capacity of the tank.

 

- The applicant is responsible for obtaining HOA approval, if applicable. HOAs cannot prohibit rainwater harvesting in the City of Round Rock; however, they may dictate where the system may be located on your property.

 

- Rebates are available until funds have been expended. Visit roundrocktexas.gov/rebates for available rebates. Once funds are exhausted the rebate program will no longer appear on the website.

All rainwater collection/harvesting equipment is exempt from sales tax, within the State of Texas, per Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase.

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Austin Texas rainwater rebates

 

 

Ready to Store Rainwater for Later Beneficial Use

Rainwater harvesting is one part of the Texas State Water Plan by the TWDB (link) as an alternative water source. Rainwater harvesting helps to alleviate the strain on utility water as well as help managing stormwater, by putting it to a later use. Since rainwater collection is a solution for the state as well as on many local levels, rebates and tax incentives are very common in Texas. In addition, the Texas Tax Code exempts rainwater harvesting equipment and supplies from state sales tax (Texas Tax Code §151.355).

 

View the Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). In order to have your system components be sales-tax free, you must fill out a Texas Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 and give it to the supplier at the time of purchase.

In Austin, Texas the rebates available for equipment as well as the installation of a rainwater system for a home or business are up to $5,000 per qualifying site. For rainwater systems with water storage tanks with 500-gallon capacity and larger, the project must be pre-approved with the City of Austin in order to qualify for the rebate.

In order to claim the rebate, you must meet all of the eligibility requirements. The system needs to be installed, and the application submitted with an itemized, dated, paid-in-full receipt with the vendor contact information. Commercial rainwater systems need to also include an IRS W-9 form. The rebate checks take on average six to eight weeks to be mailed out.

Checklist for rainwater systems that have a 500-Gallon capacity or more

  •  Meet all of the City of Austin eligibility requirements

  • Submit an application for pre-approval before you buy and install any equipment and include:

    • Site Drawing: show locations of buildings, streets, existing/proposed tank(s), water meter, and piping from the tank to the landscaped areas.

    • Identify the size of the catchment area (usually the roof) and the area you will water with rainwater

    • System Drawing: sketch plans for the system, include piping, first-flush diversion system, pump location (if applicable), tank material, dimensions, placement, pad materials (must be gravel, sand, or concrete) and construction

    • Operation & Maintenance Guide: describe how the system will function and how you will maintain it

  • IRS W-9 form (commercial & multi-family accounts only)

Send application materials to:
Mail: Austin Water Conservation, PO Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767
Email: watercon@austintexas.gov
Fax: 512-974-3504

Get started with Harvested Rain Solutions, located at 11183 Circle Dr. Suite D, Austin, TX 78736.

 

HRS’ owner, Ron Van Sickle is a Texas State Licensed Irrigation Contractor and can help with the full development of a rainwater system from collection to use. Ron has helped many Austin residents benefit from this rainwater rebate to have a rainwater system implemented at their home, from design to installation with a maintenance guarantee.

 

Get started with Harvested Rain Solutions to see the cost-effective rainwater harvesting systems available for your needs: Learn More

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Only Pioneer Keep Your Rainwater Clean Enough to Drink

The City of San Marcos, Texas encourages rainwater harvesting as a solution to supplementing utility water, as a renewable water source. The City offers up to $5,000 in rebates for purchasing rainwater system components and installation cost.

 

Rainwater harvesting conveys rain from a roof of a building, into a gutter system, implements pre-tank filtering and then storing it for later beneficial use. Rainwater is soft water with a neutral pH that helps plants grow, and is exempt from drought restrictions. Collecting rainwater reduces erosion around a building, as well as helps keep some rainwater from turning into polluted stormwater that plagues San Marcos with flooding.

Rainwater systems are sales-tax free in Texas

The rebate amounts to $0.50 per gallon of storage capacity for non-pressurized systems and $1 per gallon of storage capacity for pressured systems. The City rebate can’t exceed more than half of the total system cost with a lifetime maximum rebate amount of $5,000.

 

Components used in rainwater systems are also sales-tax exempt when purchased in Texas, Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). In order to have your system components be sales-tax free, you must fill out a Texas Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 and give it to the supplier at the time of purchase.

In order to redeem a rainwater rebate for smaller systems in San Marcos, there are a few steps that need to be taken.

 

1. Review Rainwater Harvesting System Guidelines (link).

 

2. Purchase and install qualifying rainwater harvesting equipment, it’s recommended to use an expert who is ARCSA accredited. Link to Harvested Rain Solutions

 

3. Submit a completed application (link) along with itemized receipts within 30 days of the purchase date.

 

4. The City of San Marcos staff may call to schedule an inspection to confirm installation.

 

5. The rebate is issued as a credit on the next utility bill, and onward.

 

For Large Systems (500 Gallons of Storage or More):

 

1. Review the City of San Marcos Rainwater Harvesting System Guidelines (PDF).

 

2. Submit completed rebate application (PDF) before purchasing and installing your rainwater system.

 

3. San Marcos City staff will review the application and check funds availability and may contact you to schedule a pre-installation inspection.

 

3. Staff will issue a Letter of Approval to proceed with the purchase and installation of your rainwater harvesting system.

 

4. Purchase and install your system, and submit itemized purchase receipts or invoices with 90 days after the date of the Letter of Approval.

 

5. City staff will contact you to schedule a follow-up inspection. The system must be installed and functional at the time of the inspection.

 

6. The rebate will be mailed to you or issued as a credit on your next utility bill.

Harvested Rain Solutions are based in Austin, Texas with systems across the state. They are licensed and insured to provide sustainable rainwater collection systems based off of your needs. Call now to discuss your options at 877-693-2166.

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Rainwater systems are sales-tax free in Texas

 

 

Only Pioneer Can Provide Rainwater Storage Clean Enough to Drink

The State of Texas fully supports rainwater harvesting as a sustainable water use solution. There are Statewide sales tax exemptions and property tax exclusions, as well as many local incentives to collect rainwater.

 

Rainwater harvesting equipment and supplies are exempt from state sales tax, Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). To claim this exemption, the purchaser must fill out and give a Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 to the supplier at the time of purchase.

 

 

 

“Sec. 151.355 WATER-RELATED EXEMPTIONS.

The following are exempted from taxes imposed by this chapter:

(1) Rainwater harvesting equipment or supplies, water recycling and reuse equipment or supplies, or other equipment, services, or supplies used solely to reduce or eliminate water use;” (link)

 

Texas exempts the part or all of the assessed value of the property that approved water conservation initiatives are enacted, like rainwater collection systems, Texas Tax Code §11.32. Local counties should have a guide on how to exempt your rainwater system for local property taxes on their government website. (Link)

 

A Rainwater Collection System for a Home in the Texas Hill Country

A Rainwater Collection System for a Home in the Texas Hill Country

9,907-Gallons Capacity for Rainwater Collection

9,907-Gallons Capacity for Rainwater Collection

It's Legal to Collect Rainwater in Texas

Texas Property Code prevents a homeowner’s association from prohibiting the use of rainwater harvesting systems (Texas Property Code §202.007).

It's Legal to Collect Rainwater in Texas

The state also requires certain new state facilities to incorporate rainwater harvesting systems in their design (Texas Government Code §447.004(c)(8)).

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The incentives and progressive legislature of Texas have rapidly expanded rainwater collection. There are many families living completely off of rainwater, and businesses who are turning to this sustainable water source. Rainwater collection can replace wasteful water use and is beneficial to plants, with less contamination than what is typically found in utility water.

 

 

“Over the next 50 years the population of Texas is expected to double. Already, there are places in Texas that are experiencing water shortages because demand is outpacing supply. In the Texas Hill Country, many people are choosing rainwater over groundwater not only for its ease and availability, but also for its taste, purity, and reduced cost…” Milan J. Michalec, President of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District in Kendall County.

 

 

 

Collecting rainwater beneficial to a point where you can collect 600-gallons off of a 1,500-square-foot roof, for every inch of rain on average. If you are ready to start collecting rainwater at a large capacity, we can provide the longest-lasting Pioneer Water Tanks with our innovative antimicrobial, BPA-free tank liner that protects rainwater until it’s ready to be used.

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