Thousands of homes now eligible for rain garden rebates


Learn more, meet contractors at free Northeast Seattle workshop

SEATTLE – July 7, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — RainWise, a joint program of Seattle and King County, is a popular and beautiful way to fight water pollution. The average rebate for the installation of an approved rain garden or cistern is $4,500. Collectively, more than 600 RainWise projects are reducing 9 million gallons of runoff annually. These functional systems also add curbside appeal to homes.

The RainWise Program offers rebates for up to 100 percent of a professionally installed rain garden or cistern on private property. Residents can visit the RainWise Program website online to learn about their eligibility for rebates as well as the program’s environmental benefits.

You can learn more about the program at a free RainWise Workshop — July 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm, at the Sand Point Community United Methodist Church, 4710 NE 70th St.

This workshop is free and open to the public, and registration is available now.

Rain gardens are more than just beautiful — they also help reduce one of the largest sources of water pollution by naturally cleaning and controlling stormwater. Cisterns can store runoff from rooftops that can later be used to water outdoor plants and gardens.

The RainWise Program is part of a larger plan to reduce combined sewer overflows, (CSOs), which occur when stormwater causes sewer lines to overflow into local waterways during heavy rains.

Reducing CSOs — which contain polluted runoff and sewage— is important for people and fish given potential health risks. Additional information about the RainWise Program is available at or by calling the Garden Hotline at (206) 633-0224.

Susan Harper
(206) 240-8046
SPU Customer Service (206) 684-3000


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