Rainwater Collection 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. The State Bill also covers allowing loans and other financial incentives for rainwater systems, public water systems use of rainwater and prohibits municipalities or counties from denying a building permit solely because the facility will implement rainwater harvesting.


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.

> Go to the State of Texas Sales-Tax Exemption Form

Rainwater is a clean, nearly neutral pH water source that sustainability utilizes what would otherwise become stormwater runoff. Rainwater harvesting is the collection of rainwater off of a building roof with conveyance into storage for later, sustainable use. Rainwater can be used as a drinking water source, for irrigation, livestock, wildlife, fire protection, or even released back into the ground after the rain.

Rainwater systems also reduce stormwater runoff and erosion. Systems repurpose rainwater that can alleviate an existing water supply. Rural properties utilize rainwater systems where there may not be any other water source with enough storage to last during the dry months to when they can fill up their tanks again.



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



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


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


The incentives and progressive legislature of Texas have rapidly expanded rainwater collection. Many families are 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.


9,907-Gallons Capacity for Rainwater Collection
9,907-Gallons Capacity for Rainwater Collection

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.

Pioneer Water Tanks America works with local Texas rainwater companies throughout the state to provide the best service for our clients. Our accredited licensed dealers design and install rainwater systems for homes and businesses for a variety of applications. They choose Pioneer Water Tanks for rainwater systems because of the quality of materials, particularly the tank liner.

The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner that is utilized in Pioneer Water Tanks is BPA-Free, NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage and is embedded with antimicrobial technology. The embedded antimicrobial technology prevents contaminate growth within the safe clean Pioneer Water Tanks system.


Rainwater systems are sales-tax free in Texas
Rainwater systems are sales-tax-free in Texas


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