Rain Barrel Reimbursement Program

Stormwater Basics

Stormwater runoff is water that runs off impervious surfaces from rain, snow melt, and surface drainage. Impervious surfaces are hard surfaces where water is unable to soak or infiltrate into surfaces such as; paved streets, parking lots, and roof tops. Capturing rainwater where it lands, and infiltrating or slowing down the stormwater through Best Management Practices (BMPs), allows the pollutants and sediment a chance to settle out. Some BMPs include rain barrels, soil quality restoration, rain gardens/bioretention cells, pervious pavement systems, and native planting buffers/swales.

Rain Barrels

Used for collection and storage of rainwater from rooftops by capturing water from a downspout. The water collected in a rain barrel may then be used at a later time for watering plants, lawns, and gardens. In addition to being a BMP, rain barrels are a practice that introduces water conservation and education to customers regarding the amount of stormwater that is shed from impervious surfaces.

What is the Cost-Share Reimbursement Program?

The City of Pleasant Hill has budgeted $5,000 for a rain barrel cost-share program. The goal of this program is to encourage individual landowners to incorporate a rain barrel on their property to aid in water quality improvements and offset the cost of installation. The City of Pleasant Hill will provide reimbursement for the installation of a rain barrel up to 50 percent or $75, whichever is the lesser value. Limit one reimbursement per address. Funding is available to applicants on a first come basis and is subject to the approval of the Community Development staff and the director.


  1. The City of Pleasant Hill will provide reimbursement after project costs are incurred.
  2. The City of Pleasant Hill will reimburse the applicant within approximately 30 days.
  3. The project must be completed and receipts and application submitted to the City of Pleasant Hill.
  4. For rain barrel reimbursement, the City requires access to your property for final inspection after the rain barrel is installed and a copy of your receipt is submitted.
  5. The property owner is solely responsible for implementation of an approved project. The City of Pleasant Hill is not liable for personal injury or property damage resulting from said work.
  6. Projects approved for funding carry no implied warranty by the City of Pleasant Hill.
  7. The funded practice must be maintained for a minimum of three years. Maintenance costs are the property owner’s responsibility.
  8. Must be a resident of the City of Pleasant Hill to be eligible for reimbursement.

Application Process

Notify Iowa One Call (811) before beginning construction.

Complete and submit the application (PDF).
         - Attach the following documents with the application: Rain barrel costs and receipt(s).
         - Ensure the application is submitted by the property owner.

Submit completed application upon completion of the project to:
City of Pleasant Hill
Attn: Madeline Sturms
5160 Maple Dr, Suite A
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Wait for notification of approval. Projects are typically reimbursed within 30-days of being submitted, coinciding with approval at City Council.

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