Limited-Income Rainwater Harvesting Loan & Grant Program

Interested in collecting rainwater on your property to help water your plants, shade your home, cool urban temperatures, grow your garden, and increase biodiversity in Tucson? Our Limited-Income Rainwater Harvesting Program seeks to increase the participation of limited-income households in Tucson Water’s rainwater harvesting rebate program. Many limited-income households cannot afford the upfront costs to install a rainwater harvesting system. With funding from Tucson Water, our program provides a grant and if needed a 0-interest loan for your household to pay for these systems over time and qualify for the Tucson Water rebate.

Qualifying participants can receive a passive system and an active system (one cistern per household).

Do I Qualify?

  • Tucson Water customer and account in good standing
  • Attend a rainwater harvesting online workshop
  • Adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (see chart below)
  • Homeowner of a single-family dwelling
  • Renter of a single-family dwelling (with signed letter of agreement from landlord)
  • Property taxes paid

If your household adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) you qualify for a grant of up to $1,000. If your household adjusted gross income is great than 100% of the FPL but less than or equal to 200% FPL, you qualify for a grant of up to $750. If needed, loans of up to $2,000 are available to all households that meet the requirements for our program. If you obtain a loan, you must make a deposit of $20.00 or 10% of its value (the higher amount will be applied). Most loans are for 12 months.

Attend a Workshop

Rainwater Harvesting Online Workshop – English

Rainwater HarvestingRainwater Harvesting

  • Online
  • Free

Rainwater harvesting helps cool urban temperatures, reduce street flooding and is best used for irrigation. The water collected can be for your trees, plants and garden. During this workshop come learn about residential rainwater harvesting. Learn about passive and active systems including design considerations, planning your project, best practices, maintenance, and more. The second half of the workshop you will receive information on Tucson Water’s Rebate and SERI’s Limited-Income Loan and Grant Program including what you will receive by participating, requirements to participate and how to apply.

Rainwater Harvesting Online Workshop – English

Rainwater HarvestingRainwater Harvesting

  • Online
  • Free

Rainwater harvesting helps cool urban temperatures, reduce street flooding and is best used for irrigation. The water collected can be for your trees, plants and garden. During this workshop come learn about residential rainwater harvesting. Learn about passive and active systems including design considerations, planning your project, best practices, maintenance, and more. The second half of the workshop you will receive information on Tucson Water’s Rebate and SERI’s Limited-Income Loan and Grant Program including what you will receive by participating, requirements to participate and how to apply.

Steps of the Program

As a participant in the program, you have the option to have SERI staff represent and assist you through each step of the program.

Trees and Shrubs

Participants in our Limited-Income Rainwater Harvesting Loan & Grant Program as of February 1st, 2022 can order up to two trees and two shrubs to help increase tree canopy at their home and in their neighborhood. With funding from Tucson Water and City of Tucson we are able to provide participants with trees and shrubs for free.

We partner with nurseries in Tucson to provide participants with a selection of trees and shrubs that are drought tolerant desert adaptive. When participants order their trees and shrubs through our program, they will receive educational material on planting and maintenance.

To order trees and shrubs please request an order form by emailing workshops@seriaz.org.

Apply Now!

*Our program is currently only available to Tucson Water customers.

For more information and/or questions please contact us at seri@seriaz.org.