The City of Ames offers several rebates to promote conservation and sustainability including rebates for rain barrels, rain gardens, native landscaping, soil quality, and energy efficient appliances.
Rain barrels are a great way to harvest rainwater for gray water usage around your home and garden. Rain barrels and rain harvesting are completely legal and encouraged in the city of Ames. In fact, Ames utility customers can receive a one-time $50 rebate if they purchase or build their own rain barrels.
Ames utility customers can receive up to a $400 rebate for planting a residential rain garden in the Ames City limits.