Cocoa Rain Barrel Rebate Program

Donald W. Downs, Conservation/Public Relations Officer • 351 Shearer Blvd. Cocoa, FL 32922 • Ph: (321) 433-8705 • Fax: (321) 433-8708 • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm • Monday - Friday

Save Water, Money and the Environment

Rain BarrelAs part of Cocoa’s water conservation program, the city offers an incentive to its customers to encourage them to install and use rain barrels. Rain barrels are a low-cost and effective way to collect and store rainwater from your roof or gutters to use for watering your:

  • Lawn Garden
  • Indoor Plants
  • Filling Birdbaths
You can purchase your rain barrel(s) from any store. A typical rain barrel design will include a hole at the top to allow for flow from a downspout, a screen grate to keep debris and insects out, a sealed lid, an overflow pipe, and a spigot at or near the bottom of the barrel. Multiple rain barrels can be connected to provide larger volumes of storage.

A rain barrel will save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy (decreased demand for treated tap water). Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. Therefore, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE.

Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are given as a credit on your water bill. The Rain Barrel Rebate Program runs each fiscal year from October 1 through September 29 or until funds are depleted. You must purchase the rain barrel after October 1 and during the same fiscal year that the rebate is available. All paperwork must be submitted prior to the close of the program. Find out what you need to do to participate in the program prior to purchasing your rain barrel by clicking here or contacting the Conservation office. Click here to get an application for the Rain Barrel rebate program.

Brevard County's Natural Resources Management Department holds workshops to make your own rain barrel. The workshop cost is $50 which covers all the supplies and instructions to create your very own Rain Collection Device. You can find out more here.

Rainwater stored in a rain barrel has many uses, especially for providing water for landscapes and gardens. For more information regarding the collection of rain water, please visit, the Rain Barrel Guide website.