(Posted May 16, 2024) Thanks to funding from the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, North Marin Water District is currently able to provide enhanced incentives for residential and commercial customers who install rain catchment systems at their properties. Through this partnership with MCSTOPPP, North Marin Water District is offering customers $0.75 per gallon of water stored with a cap of $2,000 per customer. The rebate cannot exceed system equipment and materials cost.

Apply Here: Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Application

Purchasing your rain barrel and making it functional

Many hardware stores and other retailers offer ready-made rain barrels for purchase. These are fully functional rain barrels that are then ready to connect to your roof drainage system, following best practices ( see the connection tips outlined in the next section below).

For those wishing to take a more DIY approach, which typically involves converting a plastic drum or other storage container into a functional rain barrel, many retailers offer easy-to-install kits. Rain barrel diverter system “kits” come with all of the parts and instructions necessary to create a functioning rain barrel. These kits can often be purchased online too. The following short list links to various commercial retailers that provide kits and how-to resources.

Connecting your system to your roof drainage system and putting it to use

Once you’ve selected your preferred rainwater catchment system, connecting it to your roof drainage system and putting it to use can be a breeze using best practices for these water-saving systems!

Some tips to get you started

Tools needed for installation

Once you’ve decided the best system setup for your site, determine what tools and materials are needed to get the job done. Many systems provide the parts and tools needed for installation. These might include:


This is a cooperative program with Marin Water and the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. For information on Marin Water’s rebate of if you are a customer of Marin Water, Click here for more information: https://www.marinwater.org/CatchTheRain

(Posted May 9, 2024) The District is proposing a rate increase for the West Marin Service area, consistent with the most recent Rate Study (2021 West Marin Water Rate Study). For more information on the 2024 proposed rate increase for the West Marin Service Area, click here. The District will be initiating a new rate study for the West Marin Service Area for future years, expected to be completed by early next year.

(Posted May 9, 2024) The District has recently completed a rate study and proposes increasing rates and updating the water rate structure to the Novato and Recycled Water Service Areas for a three-year period starting with Fiscal Year (FY) 2024-2025. For more information on the Novato and Recycled Service Areas proposed rate increase and rate structure changes, including the Rate Study, Rate Study Presentation, 2024 Rate FAQs, and an electronic copy of a recently mailed notice with detailed information on the proposed rate increases, click here: https://nmwd.com/rates2024/.


(Posted May 1, 2024)  The 2024 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour will take place on Saturday May 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes 26 gardens in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Sonoma Valley, Novato and the Marin area (with 5 gardens in Novato).  Registration is free.  Click here for more information and to register: https://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/eco-friendly-garden-tour/

2024 Eco Friendly Garden Tour Flyer


(Updated May 7, 2024) For most recent information on the Lynwood Pump Station Replacement Project, click here.

(Updated May 8, 2024) Curious about how we develop our yearly budget and water rates? The North Marin Water District’s (District) Fiscal Year (FY) 2024/2025 budget season is underway, and there are several opportunities to learn about the District budget and rate process and to provide your input and feedback on this year’s budget development and proposed new water rates. We welcome and encourage you to participate in the Board meetings and Board Workshops listed below, where you can provide feedback directly to the District Board and Staff. For more information on the 2024 rate process click here: https://nmwd.com/rates2024/

For future updates please visit our website at nmwd.com/rates2024