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RainSmart Rain Barrels

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  • Must be a City of Chattanooga resident
  • Project must demonstrate runoff reduction
  • Cannot currently work for the City of Chattanooga
  • Must be up to date on your water quality fee and property taxes
  • If you are renting, the owner of the home must sign our homeowner's agreement
  • *Rain barrels acquired through our Distribution Day event are not eligible for reimbursement*

Requirements for reimbursement:

  • Max reimbursement of $50/rain barrel
  • Rain barrel must hold at least 45 gallons
  • Receipts for all materials required
  • Home owner must sign 5 year maintenance agreement
  • Reimbursement cannot exceed the cost of the parts
  • Labor will not be reimbursed

Your rain barrel must have:

  • An overflow that is at least 2 inches in diameter
  • A screened inlet to prevent leaf debris and mosquitos from entering
  • A spigot/hose within 3 inches of the bottom of the barrel
  • Must be elevated
  • Overflow must be pointed away from foundation

The process:

  1. Your rain barrel must be already installed and in working order. 
  2. If you meet the eligibility and requirements listed on this page, contact us via email at ChattanoogaWQ@chattanooga.gov with "RainSmart rain barrel" in the subject line, and attach this application.
  3. We will reply and schedule a day to come out and check your already installed rain barrel.
  4. If your rain barrel qualifies, we will take photos & have you sign our "Homeowner's Agreement".
  5. You must turn in all receipts for the rain barrel/materials to us along the the signed agreement. 
  6. We will start processing your reimbursement! 

 * Image: Eagle Creek Watershed Alliance

Serve people with integrity and improve the infrastructure and environment through excellence.

Bill Payne, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311



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