Raleigh Rainwater Rewards Stormwater Program Helps Citizens Recycle Rainwater

New Policy Improves Application Process

News posted Apr. 05, 2018 - 3:00 pm

The City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Division provides funding to residents who complete a stormwater quality project on their property through Raleigh Rainwater Rewards, formerly known as the Stormwater Quality Cost Share Program. This program is an affordable way to create an eco-friendly property that reduces water pollution to streams and lakes that is caused by stormwater runoff when it rains. These projects benefit the environment and can increase the value of residential or commercial properties in Raleigh.

Raleigh Rainwater Rewards is available to City of Raleigh residents who pay a monthly stormwater utility fee. Participants receive funding from the City after a project is complete. Projects in high priority water quality areas, like the Pigeon House Branch, receive up to 90 percent reimbursement.

“This program offers residents a smart solution to reusing the stormwater runoff that enters their property while providing them with the means to effectively install a project that will decrease impacts from water pollution over time,” said Lory Willard, project manager for the City of Raleigh.

Accepted projects properly absorb stormwater runoff from surfaces, like roofs and driveways, to clean polluted rainwater before it goes to storm drains and local waterways. Residents can choose from a variety of projects, such as cisterns, rain gardens, permeable pavement, green roofs, and constructed wetlands/water gardens.

In March, Raleigh City Council approved several new program policies that make the application and reimbursement process more seamless and shorter by up to two months. Projects that cost less than $5,000 are now approved directly by Raleigh Stormwater staff, the maintenance requirement for a project after construction is now five years opposed to 10 years, and legal agreements or construction quotes are not required. Projects that cost between $5,000 and $30,000 do not need to be presented to Raleigh City Council for approval; all projects are approved by Raleigh Stormwater staff and the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission.

To learn more about this program, contact the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or RainwaterRewards@raleighnc.gov.

For more information, contact

  • Kristin Freeman, Stormwater Communications, Engineering Services Department, 919-996-4128
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