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Learn about rebates for rain gardens and cisterns at a free ‘Meet the Contractor’ event in West Seattle, April 11


The public is invited to a free “Meet the Contractor” event in West Seattle on Saturday, April 11, to learn about the financial and environmental perks of a professionally-installed rain garden or cistern through the RainWise Program. RainWise is a joint effort by King County and the City of Seattle to fight water pollution, and eligible property owners may receive rebates to cover up to 100 percent of their project costs.


Seattle property owners seeking information about rebates for professionally-installed rain gardens or cisterns through the RainWise Program will have an opportunity to meet with contractors on Saturday, April 11.

The “Meet the Contractor” event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Seattle Nursery, 5275 California Ave S.W., Seattle.

RainWise is a joint effort by King County and the City of Seattle to fight water pollution by offering rebates to eligible Seattle property owners that could cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a rain garden or cistern.

Rain gardens are more than just beautiful, they help solve one of the largest sources of pollution for Puget Sound by naturally cleaning and controlling stormwater. Cisterns are large rain barrels that collect runoff from rooftops, which homeowners can use for watering yards and landscaping.

The RainWise Program serves a number of Seattle neighborhoods. To receive a rebate, residents must live in an eligible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) basin. For more information about the program call the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or go to www.rainwise.seattle/gov.

By encouraging eligible Seattle residents to manage stormwater runoff through the RainWise Program, King County and Seattle Public Utilities can meet their goals to reduce CSOs that occur in local water bodies during heavy rains.

Additional information about King County’s CSO Control Program is available on the Web at