2020 RAIN BARREL REBATES AVAILABLE
Regional Center Rain Barrel Rebates for Bridgewater, Raritan & Somerville Homeowners
The Somerset County Regional Center Partnership, utilizing a grant from the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA), has announced that the 2020 Raritan River Rain Barrel Rebate Program for homeowners in Bridgewater, Raritan, and Somerville is accepting applications for the 9th consecutive year of the program.
Rebates are available in the amount of $50 for new 40- to 70-gallon rain barrels and $100 for those that hold more than 70 gallons. Rebates are available for up to two (2) rain barrels at a single residence.
Residential homeowners in the three communities who have previously purchased rain barrels are also eligible for rebates. Those specifically within the Peters Brook Watershed who purchased and installed after July 1, 2011, and all Bridgewater, Raritan, and Somerville residents who purchased and installed after January 1, 2014 are eligible. All require proof of purchase and installation.
Rain barrels provide homeowners with financial and ecological advantages by conserving water, easing stream erosion by reducing the volume of runoff entering to streams and rivers during storms, and reducing pollutants accumulated from impervious surfaces, particularly roofs. In established urban areas like the Regional Center, rainwater runoff from hard surfaces flows directly into streams, depositing these pollutants.
Rain barrels must have a closed design or screen top; have a system to direct excess water away from the home’s foundation; have a spigot not higher that 3” from the bottom of the barrel; must be made of a sturdy material, and installed on a solid level base. Homeowners must pledge to maintain the rain barrel for at least two years from purchase and installation to be eligible for the rebate.
“A rain barrel is a simple and effective way of practicing environmental responsibility,” commented Troy Fischer, Chair of the Somerset County Regional Center Partnership. “Homeowners in the Regional Center communities have a unique opportunity to recoup their investment twice, once through the rebate and multiple times through re-use of rain water.”
Rain barrel installation inspections will be performed with no direct contact with participants. Social distancing will be enforced and masks and gloves will be worn at all times.
2020 Rain Barrel Rebate Program