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CWLP has teamed up with Mother Nature to help you reduce some of your outdoor watering costs and grow healthier plants. With CWLP's Rain Barrel Rebate, CWLP water customers can earn up to $25 back on the cost of purchasing a qualifying new rain barrel1 that is installed on a property receiving CWLP metered water service. The program starts April 1 of each year and runs until funds for that year have been depleted.  

A rain barrel works in conjunction with a building's gutter system to capture rain that falls on the roof and store the water for future outdoor use. You might be surprised by the amount of water a rain barrel can collect: A mere 1/10th of an inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of rooftop can fill a 50-gallon barrel. That's 50 free gallons you can use to water your flowers, shrubs and other outdoor plants.

Where Can You Buy a Rain Barrel?
The most common sources of rain barrels are hardware stores and home improvement centers. Other area sources include: the University of Illinois Extension Rain Barrel Workshop (scheduled for 6 p.m., May 20, 2014; call 217-782-4617 or visit for more information or to register): Illinois Correctional Industries (call 800/634-0213 or visit for more information); and the Springfield Noon Lions Club (visit for more information; orders must be received by May 8, 2014).

Benefits of Installing a Rain Barrel
gold bullet Rain water is free! By harvesting rain water for re-use, you can reduce the amount of treated water you use . . . which equals savings for you.
gold bullet Your plants will thank you. Tap water contains chlorine and fluoride that, while important for keeping our drinking water safe, can inhibit plant health.
gold bullet It can help preserve our water supply. Using captured rain water, instead of tap water, for as many outdoor watering needs as possible reduces the amount of water that must be drawn from Lake Springfield, our local drinking water supply source.
gold bullet It might reduce basement flooding. Except during extreme rain events, a properly installed rain barrel might help reduce the risk of basement flooding.
It might help reduce storm water runoff and sewer overflow. The more rainfall we capture in rain barrels, the less storm water runoff will be available to enter storm sewers, thus reducing the risk of sewer overflows.

Rain Barrel Rebate Program Guidelines
Your actual rebate amount will depend on the pre-tax cost of your rain barrel. The maximum rebate per barrel is $25. Only one rebate per installation address is allowed.

Rebates will be granted on a first-come/first-served basis until program funds are depleted.

To qualify for the rebate, you must: (1) install a rain barrel on property that has CWLP metered water service; (2) install a barrel that holds a minimum of 50 gallons of water; and (3) purchase and install the rain barrel after April 1, 2014. Homemade rain barrels are not eligible for this rebate unless they were made at a University of Illinois Extension workshop.

The Rain Barrel Rebate Application can be obtained online; by calling the CWLP Energy Services Office at (217) 789-2070; or by emailing the CWLP Energy Experts.

Open the complete Rain Barrel Rebate Program Terms and Conditions.

1Although costs can vary, you can expect most 50+ gallon rain barrels purchased from Springfield-area home improvement centers to cost in the range of $50-$100.

Links to information about other water conservation rebates and related topics can be found in the left-hand column of this page.


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