March 30th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin
Fourteen thousand homes in north Seattle just became eligible for big rebates for the installation of rain gardens or cisterns through the City of Seattle’s RainWise Program.
The program is a combined effort by Seattle and King County to continue the fight against water pollution by subsidizing the cost of installation of rain gardens and cisterns on private property.
After the recent addition, 55,000 homes and businesses in the City of Seattle are eligible for the RainWise program. Check out the map above to see eligible areas in our neighborhood.
In addition to being visually pleasing, rain gardens help to 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.
Over 600 residents have already taken advantage of the RainWise rebates, which can cover up to 100 percent of a professional installation. According to SPU, these installations have collectively reducing storm water runoff by 9 million gallons annually.
“Working together, one home at a time, the RainWise approach adds big value to the larger effort to protect our waters,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s a win for all, because we can all be part of the solution.”
RainWise customers have also been satisfied with the process. “I am happy to have a sign in my yard letting neighbors know about the rain garden on my property. I hope to inspire them to get their own. At the very least, I can help them learn more about the problem and how we all can pitch in to reduce pollution going into Lake Washington,” says RainWise customer Ann Burchart.
The City and County are hosting a free RainWise event at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) this Wednesday, April 1, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to give locals the chance to learn more about the program and meet contractors who are trained and ready to install the systems.
Image courtesy of RainWise Program.