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RAINWATER AND WATER NEWS - 2010

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December 2010

Is Water Running Out- In the United Kingdom we are quite complacent about our water. Water costs more in most other countries than in the UK and only 22% of private properties have meters. It is not unusual for our European neighbours to joke about our wet summers. However, it is a fact that the British Isles are classified as having insufficient water. Because of population growth and the need for more housing, demand for water gas grown. There is now more water available per person in Madrid and Istanbul than in London. >> more

Almost Net-Zero Water Home Build in Houston - In Houston, a city famous for its association with nonrenewable energy, a self-sufficient home known as Virginia Point captures its own water and generates its own renewable energy with a massive rooftop solar system. The home’s 23.8 kW solar system is complemented by numerous eco-friendly features including geothermal heating and cooling and a 7,000 gallon rainwater cistern and in-house water treatment system that nearly brings Virginia Point to net-zero water status (alas, the home is still connected to the sewer system). >> more

Irish Water Cuts Highlight Rainwater Harvesting - Builders, Kingspan have said the latest round of imposed water shutdowns in Dublin and other areas is further proof that the Government needs to make rainwater harvesting compulsory in new build projects, and also offer an incentive to existing homeowners to retrofit it. >> more

Rainwater Harvesting Now Compulsory - Almost 15 months after the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) Act was amended to make rain water harvesting (RWH) compulsory in the city. The state government on Saturday published guidelines for installing the RWH systems. According to the BWSSB officials, more than 21,000 building owners out of 54,000 who are identified to own buildings in an area of more than 2,400 sq ft in the city have already installed the RWH systems. >> more

Winter Not Cooling Water Rate Hikes

Water rate study commissioned by the water district could boost residents’ costs by as much as 740%

Dekalb, Georgia water bills are expected to increase 110% from 2009-2014

Spring Branch, Texas CLWSC Delays Customer Billing of First Phase of 71% Water Rate Increase

Energy costs driving a rate increase that will cause rates to rise 61.5%

Colorado's Hayden Town Council will consider Thursday whether to raise its monthly water rates by 40%

Maryland Water Service requests increases of 49% and 38%

Palatine, Illoniois sees water rate increase of $0.76 or 33% per 1,000 gallons of water

Milford agrees to 33% water rate hike

PSC Reduces Kentucky-American Water Rate Increase to 29%

Northern Kentucky Water District’s requests a nearly 25% rate increase

Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved a 27% water rate increase

BC Hydro proposing increasing average rates 27% over next three years

Brandon, South Dakota water rate increase varis from 23 to 43%

Flint, Michigan water & sewer rates to go up by 22-25%

PSC approves 20.8% Milwaukee water rate increase

Pennsylvania's Washington Township increases water rates by 20%

Wisconsin's Racine and surrounding communities could increase by as much as 15.5%

Gig Harbor, Washington raises utility rates by 10%

November 2010

Getting Tanked - “The next world war will be over water, not oil,” boldly states Michael Gauthier, director of marketing for Highland Tank, one of the nation’s premier steel tank manufacturers located in Stoystown, PA. “We take it for granted, but water is a finite resource, and replenishing aquifers and streams is difficult. Floods contaminate fresh water supplies; the West understands that. Wars will be fought over water.” Shakespeare wrote that an empty vessel makes the greatest sound, but an empty water tank likely signals disrepair. The right vessel is imperative. Options include above- and in-ground, constructed in a wide variety of styles and materials. Typically, the consulting engineer decides on a project decides, Key says, after weighing basic factors that include aesthetics; cost; climate; amount; and frequency of rain, maintenance, capacity, and capacity needs. >> more

H.R. 1145: National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009 - Creating an integrated Federal view of water is one of the many purposes of this bill yet to be passed by the Senate. The bill mandates "total water management" and the coordination of national research and development efforts. Additionally, it requires the president to establish a interagency committee that includes representation from all federal agencies dealing iwth water. A key committee objective includes the development of new water technologies and the analysis of the energy-water nexus. >> more

Cost is deterrent to RWH adoption - City residents seem to be warming up to the mandatory rainwater-harvesting (RWH) proposal. He said people should not fall prey to plumbers who quote low rates to install the system. “It is important not just to have an RWH system but also to install it scientifically to get maximum advantage and savings,” he added. >> more

Will water rights be on the Texas Legislature’s agenda? - Water “should be an important issue in this next session,” says Russell Johnson, a water law expert with the McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore law firm who has done work for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association on groundwater-related matters. However, he adds, “whether it will be or not in light of all the other things that are happening this legislative session is an open question.” Legislation to encourage rainwater harvesting was also introduced last session by Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, and defeated state Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs; rainwater’s backers could try again. >> more

New Braunfels, Texas Water Utility Institutes Rebate Program - NBU offers a rebate toward the purchase of rain barrels or a cistern to help in the completion of a rainwater-harvesting system. This rebate reimburses $0.50 per gallon of water storage installed. >> more

U.S. Military Harvests Rainwater in Hawaii - Add rainwater harvesting to the long (very long) list of sustainability initiatives undertaken by the U.S. military. In Hawaii, the Army is developing a full scale rainwater harvesting system for its Schoefield Barracks on Oahu, which will be used to irrigate landscaping at the site. The icing on the sustainability cake is the system’s water storage tank. Instead of shipping in a new piece of equipment, the Army will reclaim an existing abandoned tank found on the site. This particular system is somewhat modest in scale, but writer Hayley Diamond of the Army’s Public Works Environmental Division draws attention to the potential capacity of larger systems in Hawaii. For example, Kilaue Military Camp has a rainwater harvesting system that collects about 11.5 million gallons annually. >> more

Water rate increases not cooling off

Judge allows a 45.4% water rate hike in Marysville, California in 2011

Metro Vancouver, Canada said its water rate is expected to increase for the next five years, jumping 61.5%

Planned 53% water-rate hike stuns Eagle Crest, Arizona residents

Malvern, Arkansas Proposes 42% Increase on Water Rates

Toledo, Ohio city council is considering a proposal to raise the city's water rate by 9.9% each year over the next four years

Farmington, Utah implemented a 40% water rate increase

Santa Fe, California Irrigation district board approves 12% water rate hike for the next 3 years

Tigard, Oregon water rates to spike 30% next year, double by 2015

Castle Rock, Colorado town council passes 5-year 30% increase for water rates

City of Regina approves 27% water rate hike

24% water-rate hike proposed for Lowell, Massachusetts

Milwaukee, Wisconsin customers to see a 23.1% rate increase

Wartrace, Tennessee water rates up 20%

14% increase in water rates and a 5 percent increase in sewer rates expected in Amesbury, Massachusetts

Park City, IL water and sewer rates jump 11%

Bonneville Power Administration, Oregon seeks 6-10% rate hike

October 2010

Impact of Rainwater Harvesting on Natural Texas Streamflows - There are a lot of misconceptions about the effect rainwater harvesting would have on the water available to flow into the rivers and streams across Texas. No one wants harvesting rain to cause a problem with freshwater inflows to our rivers and estuaries. Our rivers are the source of municipal tap water for most of our cities. Estuaries are essential to our food supply and they depend on freshwater entering at an adequate rate. There should be no significant reduction of these historical flows if rainwater harvesting is to be sustainable.

A good bit of research has been done on this subject and a report was given to the 80th Texas Legislature by the Texas Rainwater Harvesting Evaluation Committee in November of 2006. The assumption was made that 10% of all the roofs in Texas would someday be harvesting the rain falling on them and a series of calculations rendered some well supported conclusions. Getting right to the point; the water diverted by rainwater harvesting was less than 0.03%! >> more

Rain Barrels Help Prevent Runoff Pollution - "The rain barrel system not only conserved water, but it was also effective at improving water quality by redirecting water away from the hardscape and directing it to landscaping where it can infiltrate into the ground," said Clem Brown, a senior planner with San Diego's storm water department. >> more

ARCSA 2010 Conference - The Texas capital shares another distinction as the indisputable crossroads of America’s growing rainwater harvesting industry. Austin is where ARCSA was founded and where its 6th annual conference happens next month. Now, with over 700 members worldwide, ARCSA remains dedicated to promoting and educating the public on the safe harvesting and use of rainwater as an alternative for treated drinking water. This year’s gathering features the largest, most jam-packed schedule to date. With keynotes by four internationally acclaimed experts, the conference will host over 40 presentations, many on topics never before addressed, and will include another 40+ exhibition booths with the most innovative and advanced products sure to advance our thriving

Villages awash in clean water thanks to group - A north state nonprofit is seeing results from its work to see impoverished African communities get what many take for granted — clean water. Since it formed four years ago, Save the Rain has provided 165,000 people in 17 African villages with access to clean drinking water, co-founder and Executive Director Kelly Coleman said this week. >> more

Water Efficiency Measures on School Campuses: A Case Study - Completed in 2010, Square 80 presented a unique opportunity to combine multiple sustainable elements into one project. The design harvests 100% of on-site rainwater for irrigation, maintenance and other amenities. Other sustainable elements of the project include biofiltration planters, pervious paving, underground cisterns, rain barrel, native plants, rain gardens and a bioswale. Interpretive signage designed by STUDIO39, made of recycled content, will be installed this month to explain how these elements work together. >> more

Richardson homeowners ask city to approve rainwater irrigation system - People are bringing centuries-old practices, such as collecting rainfall, into modern urban and suburban areas. Regulations developed for suburbia weren't written with that in mind, sometimes resulting in red tape as cities catch up with emerging trends. That's the case in Richardson, where a resident wants to collect rainwater for landscape irrigation. Because rain harvesting systems aren't specifically allowed in the city's code, the only route was to seek zoning approval. It's a time-consuming and sometimes costly process that puts people at the mercy of the Plan Commission and the City Council. >> more

California Rainwater Act - The Calfornia Rainwater Capture Act of 2010, which would authorize a landowner to install, maintain, and operate, on the landowner's property, a rainwater capture system. >> more

Rate hikes continue

Molokai Public Utilities in Hawaii increase is 126.5%

Litchfield Park and about half of Goodyear Arizona residents are facing a 72.6% water rate increase

By January, San Diego, California residents are expected to be paying about 67% more for water than they did in 2007, with more increases on the way

Portland water rates jump 47% in three years

Bath, NY water customers see rate increase of over 44% over the next three years

Oak Harbor City Council, Washington would represent about a 45% increase over six years

New Haven, Indiana mulls 37% water rate increase

Property owners in the Wisconsin Rapids area could see 30% increase

California's North Coast County Water District (NCCWD) Board on Oct. 20, water rates are projected to increase by 18 to 34 percent next year

Tennessee American Water Wants 28% Rate Increase

Connecticut's Wilton’s Aquarion customers can expect about an 11.3% increase

September 2010

Rainwater catchment promises help for Atlanta’s water woes - The potential loss of Lake Lanier as a potable water source for metro Atlanta has spurred an intense search for new sources and new methods of water conservation. The recently passed Georgia Water Stewardship Act and the Governor’s Water Contingency Planning Task Force adopted a multiprong approach, seeking new sources of water as well as measures to enhance conservation, efficiency and data collection for the use of existing sources. Yet part of the solution that has received little attention is the use of rainwater harvesting, or catchment. >> more

More city public schools on tap to collect rainwater - The money isn’t falling from the sky, but collecting rainwater will save the school district cash. Four San Francisco public schools will be adding cisterns to capture and reuse rainwater before the end of the calendar year, contributing to the thousands of dollars in utility savings. Nik Kaestner, the San Francisco Unified School District’s director of sustainability, said Sunnyside, Robert L. Stevenson, Jose Ortego and Longfellow elementary schools were awarded community-challenge grants that will allow them to install 5,000-gallon tubs, known as cisterns, to capture rainwater.>> more

Rain barrels catch on as way to help environment - Thousands of businesses and homeowners from Cleveland to Parma to Shaker Heights have already hooked up rain barrels to their downspouts. And a lesser, but growing, number of others are planting water-absorbing rain gardens in their yards — or in some cases, even ripping out old pavement in favor of more modern, porous materials. >> more

Companies conserving water surprised by savings - Water is not only the next big environmental issue, but also the next savings opportunity, according to several companies. A survey conducted by research analyst Ethical Corporation in May 2010 found that 99 percent of corporate sustainability managers saw water becoming a top priority for businesses in the next 5 to 10 years. The report "Unlocking the Profit in Water Savings" found that 52 percent of sustainability managers ranked "water stewardship" within the top five most important issues they now deal with. >> more

How Climate and Clean Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water - Water is the lifeline of the West, and is essential to sustaining our people, economy, rivers, and wildlife. But climate pollution threatens the West’s already tight water supplies, and will exacerbate the challenge of meeting urban, agricultural, and environmental water needs. Federal legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions will not only diminish the specter of a drier future, it can provide a new water supply to the parched West by freeing the vast quantities of water currently consumed by dirty forms of energy. >> more

Foothills man retrofits home to use rainwater -Sygall, a local real estate agent and photographer, has spent the last three years and about $10,000 retrofitting his home in the foothills to minimize his carbon footprint. His most ambitious project is an intricate system of rainwater harvesting that typically collects about 28,000 gallons per year. >> more

Tapping stormwater runoff as a resource - Identified as the leading cause of contamination in Puget Sound and other surface water bodies across the state, stormwater runoff has long been viewed as a problem. Solutions have focused on limiting development, implementing new regulations, and constructing detention and treatment systems. These traditional approaches can be costly, incompatible with economic development, and often contrary to effective resource management. >> more

Rainwater Harvesting – A Case Study - While the debate abounds concerning the effects of global climate change, deforestation and increasing world population, one thing is clear. Water is a precious resource. Whether a necessity, honorable stewardship of the planet’s natural resources, or just good business sense; the efficient use of water is an environmental initiative worth the challenge. Individuals and businesses that take voluntary steps to plan and implement water saving projects are differentiating themselves as socially responsible and economically savvy. >> more

Rainwater becoming a precious commodity - City governments in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Tucson, Ariz., as well as the state government in Maryland are planning to capture, harvest and re-direct rainfall to avert future water shortages, according to news reports. RHS technology has succeeded in other parts of the world, says Joe Clark, business development director of Sandy Springs, Ga.-based RainbankUSA. “RHS is nothing new in Europe and Australia, and the capture, filtering, storage, and delivery technologies have been evolving to ‘state-of-the-art’ for the past twenty years. Systems that are used to capture rain and groundwater are mandated in drought-stricken Australia, and are used to mitigate flood damage in Germany.” >> more

Water rates continue upward march

Banning, California residents may see a 30% increase in the first year and a 7% increase in each of the following four >> more

Village of Mamaroneck, New York Residents Boiling Mad After Water Bills Go Up 75% >> more

Glendate, Arizona City Council in May approved a 12% >> more

August 2010

Stormwater: Waste or Resource? Solving a problem often depends on how you define it. Stormwater is a perfect example. The conversion of natural areas to urban and suburban uses results in many changes to ecosystem function. Two of the most visible impacts are water pollution from materials picked up in stormwater flows after rainstorms and changes in the hydrologic (water) cycle as impervious surfaces increase. This results in more common and severe flooding as the 100 year flood becomes a ten year flood. Rainwater and runoff flush pollutants into creeks, streams, and the ocean. >> more

Analysis of Rainwater Harvesting Market in Europe and India - Analysis of Rainwater Harvesting Market in Europe and India provides an in-depth analysis of the rainwater harvesting (RWH) market in Europe and India. This research service analyses the revenues generated by the installation of rainwater harvestings systems in residential, industrial and commercial end-user segments. Industrialisation and a growing population have given rise to a severe fresh water shortage in many countries. RWH, which involves the collection and storage of rainwater, is an affordable and sustainable solution to this problem. Although RWH has been practiced for several years, it is only in recent years that countries have given it a serious thought with several passing legislations and offering incentives to promote the concept. A significant driver for the RWH market in India has been the state level legislations that have made RWH mandatory for all new buildings in certain states. The key driver in Europe has been the steep water prices with several European countries topping the global water tariff list. >> more

Adopt Rainwater Harvesting and get 2% rebate on property tax - The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has come out with a new initiative to promote rainwater harvesting in the City. It has proposed to give two per cent rebate in next year’s property tax to house owners who adopt rain water harvesting. Many residents of the City who have already installed the RWH structures had complained of not getting rebates on water bills or any other benefit as an incentive for the expenses incurred in installing the structure. The proposed rebate on property tax has come as a relief to such citizens. >> more

Coupling Rainwater Collection with Living Roofs: A Water Quality Review - One of the questions that frequently arises when discussing green roofs with clients is the feasibility of collecting the runoff from the roof for various uses in and around a building. Often this interest is focused on reducing the watering requirement for the roof – after all, in drought prone areas, watering your roof seems to be wasteful, right? If your desire is simply an ecologically friendly roof, why not just install a white roof that you do not have to water? As the title mentions, the study centered on the effect that different roof treatments have on the water quality of collected rainwater. A survey of the most common roofing materials in Texas was completed, and found that the three most common were asphalt-fiberglass shingles, Galvalume® metal panels, and concrete tiles.>> more

Water rates ever upward

New Jersy American Water proposes 14.3 % rate increase >> more

Water and sewer bills reflecting a nearly 20% rate increase for Suffolk, Virginia customers >> more

Payson, Arizona water rates may jump 24% >> more

Windsor, Colorado first option would increase the town's rates by 5% every year for five years >> more

Tigard, Oregon water rates could jump as much as 30% next year >> more

Larchmont, New York approves 30% water rate increase >> more

Keyser, West Virginia Council OKs 30 percent water rate hikes >> more

Pottstown, PA water rates could go up 44% >> more

Granville Village, New Jersy mulls 48% utility-rate increase >> more

Company is proposing a rate hike in the 50% range >> more

United Water of New Rochelle, New York, has proposed to increase rates more than 54% over four years >> more

Bargersville Indiana Water Utility are awaiting word on the Town Council's next step after it delayed a decision this week on a 77% water rate increase >> more

Lancaster City's Bureau of Water is asking for permission for a 99.8 percent rate hike increase >> more

July 2010

Sterling Ranch to be 1st Colorado rainwater harvesting site - The Colorado Water Conservation Board in Salida unanimously picked Sterling Ranch, which includes 3,400 acres, to have one of 10 such projects. The ranch will collect rainwater, from storm drainage systems and rooftops, and keep it in underground storage tanks or retention ponds. The water will be recycled for lawns, gardens and open space at the community. The rainwater pilot project is part of the 2009 Colorado Legislature’s House Bill 1129, signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter last June. The legislation permits 10 rainwater collection systems to be developed. >> more

Corte Madera designer creates slim, portable rainwater harvesting system - The sustainable architect and product designer moved to Corte Madera two years ago with her husband, Simon, and daughters Jemima Dot, 9 and Olivia, 11, from their native Australia after debuting one of her latest designs at West Coast Green, an annual green expo in San Francisco. "I was designing urban housing at the time and everyone was talking about saving water," she recalls. "I couldn't understand taking a rural shape (the round barrel) and shoving it into tight, expensive city blocks. It's too big. I wanted a rainwater tank that was very sleek, supertight-fitting and it was key that it be do-it-yourself." That was important to her, because in Australia, "tradesmen were making a fortune of installing tanks." >> more

Rainwater harvesting begins to take root - Most people, particularly commuters, were quite annoyed during the area's recent downpours, including Montgomery County resident Bob Dailey. "We were probably losing millions of gallons of water," Dailey said. "We're one of a few, if not the only, civilized nation in the world that uses our drinking water on our lawns," said Dailey, environmental coordinator for The Woodlands Township. "I wish we had promoted rainwater harvesting years ago." Last December, the Township's parks and recreation facility at 8203 Millennium Forest Drive, began collecting rainwater off the building's roof, funneling it into a 2,500-gallon tank. >> more

NWF, Sierra Club Offer Ways for Texas to Lower Outdoor Water Use - The National Wildlife Federation and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club released a joint report on outdoor water use in 18 Texas cities (pdf). The report found that water use in these cities increases an average of 58 percent during July, August and September when compared to winter use. The report calculates that if these 18 cities achieved just a 25 percent reduction in outdoor water use, they could save, collectively, an average of 147 million gallons every day during the summer. The Texas Water Development Board has estimated that about half of the water used on landscapes is wasted due to overwatering or runoff. Reducing summer peak usage also can save millions of dollars in treatment costs. >> more

Lake Co. forest preserve uses rainwater to power toilets - Rainwater collected in a cistern outside the Ryerson Woods Welcome Center is used for landscaping. Water collected in a much larger cistern underground is used for fire protection and soon will be used to flush toilets and urinals. Recycling rainwater is one of several strategies that make the Ryerson Woods Welcome Center in Deerfield a model of green architecture. >> more

Water rate continue upward trend

Ammon, Idaho water rates increasing by 100% >> more

Frankford, Maryland newly adopted 2011 budget includes a 75% water rate increase >> more

Ukiah, California City Council to consider 50% water rate hike >> more

Small Pike, Pennsylvania utility to hike water rates 43%s >> more

Sierra Madre residents face possible water hike of between 33 - 37% >> more

Larchmont, New York to Approve 30% Water Rate Increase >> more

Water rates going up by 24.5% for Rockland, New York customers >> more

International Code Council's recently released International Green Construction Code (IGCC) Public Version 1.0 - (IGCC) Public Version 1.0 supports the use of rainwater collection and distribution systems. The code aims to regulate construction of new and existing commercial buildings. The initial project to draft the IGCC Public Version 1.0 was undertaken with Cooperating Sponsors the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASTM International. The AIA and ASTM have played a vital role in the development of the IGCC. The AIA presence will assure a focus on their 2030 Carbon Neutrality Goal. ASTM International, which carries a worldwide reputation as a standards developer, strengthens the scientific basis that will drive the Code. >> more

Rainwater harvesting in the UK: a strategic framework to enable transition from novel to mainstream - The approach to water management worldwide is currently in transition, with a shift evident from purely centralised infrastructure to greater consideration of decentralised technologies, such as rainwater harvesting (RWH). Initiated by recognition of drivers including increasing water demand and increasing risk of flooding, the value of RWH is beginning to filter across the academic-policy boundary. However, in the UK, implementation of RWH systems is not straight forward; social and technical barriers, concerns and knowledge gaps exist, which currently restrict its widespread utilisation. >> more

Plano, Texas residents prove benefits of rain harvesting - When it comes to going Green, the Gates family of Plano has a longstanding tradition of being environmentally friendly and is now continuing the tradition by bringing rainwater harvesting to Collin County. After seeing the necessity of saving water, Ryan Gates and his mother, Kari, decided to take matters into their own hands and begin rainwater harvesting at their home.>> more

June 2010

California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District begin offering rebates - As warmer weather and longer and drier days set in, California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are asking area water users to be particularly mindful of their water consumption - especially outdoors. Rebates are also offered for installation of cistern tanks. California American Water and the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District will pay qualifying water users $25 for every 100 gallons of rainwater storage, up to a maximum of 3,000 gallons per site. >> more >> more about California statues and regulations

New Birmingham - Southern dorm project to save 300,000 gallons of water - A crane lowered a 15,000-gallon fiberglass tank into a 14-foot-deep hole Tuesday between Birmingham-Southern College's two new dormitories. The tank, when tied to the dorm's gutter system and buried under the courtyard, will collect and reuse the rain that falls on the buildings, storing it to feed the campus irrigation system. To engineer the rainwater collection system, the college turned to Nature's Tap, a company founded two and half years ago by Homewood native Scott Kubiszyn. Capturing rainwater not only cuts your water bill, it begins to lessen the impact modern development has had on rivers and streams, Kubiszyn said. The typical approach to handling rainwater is to get it off the buildings, off the site and into the storm sewers as quickly possible. >> more

Rainwater Harvesting - Rainwater harvesting is an ancient and effective water conservation practice. Unfortunately, in modern times “rainwater harvesting” has often become associated with a mosquito-laden barrel in the backyard, lined with last year’s leaves and a resident frog or two.The potential of rainwater harvesting systems is so much more. With proper design, these systems can transform a waste product (stormwater) into a valuable resource. Bringing rainwater harvesting into the commercial and residential mainstream will require increasing awareness of possible uses of rainwater. >> more

Rainwater harvesting - Take it up urgently to meet Dhaka's need - Against the backdrop of falling of city water table by three metres every year, and ever rising demand for water because of population pressure, rainwater harvesting by the city dwellers has been offered as a viable option by experts. We take note of the fact that rainwater would be able to meet 15 percent of the annual water demand in the capital and we believe that would come as a big relief if implemented properly. These facts and figures were revealed in a recently held seminar on 'Urban Rain Water Harvesting for Domestic Use and Groundwater Recharge' jointly organised by the Institute of Architects Bangladesh and WaterAid Bangladesh. >> more

Harvesting rainwater makes good sense for landscape - When it rains in Nebraska we usually are thankful for the moisture. Why then do we design our properties and landscapes to move rainwater away as quickly as possible? Why not harvest some of the rain to help conserve water resources? >> more

How To Make Unbuildable Land Buildable with Rainwater Collection - The term unbuildable land typically refers to property located in a place with a lot of code restrictions. So for the sake of argument, lets say that most unbuildable land is ‘unbuildable‘ because of some rule, regulation, or requirement that other humans have placed on the community. I’ve been using California Pines, a giant failed subdivision in the remote northeast corner of California, as a basis for this design exploration. In order to build at California Pines, a local realtor told me that you must have a well drilled ($10,000) and an engineered septic system ($20,000) installed before building permits for a cabin would be issued. Might not capturing the rain be a better alternative and make this land buildable >> more

Rainwater harvesting: quality assessment and utilization in The Netherlands - The use of roof-collected rainwater as a freely available and sustainable alternative to drinking water produced by drinking water companies increases worldwide. Initially, rainwater is free of microbial contamination, but it may become contaminated by animals and humans or, alternatively, human pathogens may grow in stored rainwater resulting in a significant human health risk from infectious diseases. This three-year study demonstrated that rainwater stored in different reservoirs in The Netherlands was frequently faecally contaminated and incidentally contained potential human pathogens such as Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Aeromonas hydrophila and Legionella. Analysis of samples during a period with variable weather conditions showed a correlation between rainfall intensity and faecal indicator counts and increased detection of pathogens after heavy rainfall incidents >> more

Mesa, AZ holds off on creating new water-saving rules - Mesa won't be acting anytime soon to follow Tucson's lead imposing water-conservation rules on new developments. But he said a rainwater ordinance would be premature now. "This area would touch so many folks, both in the development community and our city departments, I think there's a lot of work that has to be done internally to make sure that we have a good program," Bouchie said. >> more

UK Rainwater Harvesting Market Grew 850% in the past 5 years - According to the 120 page report, whilst rates of growth have slowed in recent years as the market matures, double-digit growth is set to be a key feature of the market. By 2014, forecasts are that the market will rise by more than 100% over the next 5 years. The report “Rainwater Harvesting Market: Research & Analysis UK 2010-2014” illustrates the rapid and sustained growth of the rain harvesting market in recent years, with market volume rising by almost 850% in the last 5 years. >> more

Water Rates Rise with the Temperatures

Sun City, Arizona Water Rates Could Increase by 130% >> more

Bloomington, Indianan city council approves water rate increase of 54% >> more

New Haven, Indiana water rate hike: 28%-55% >> more

Golden State Water Company of California applied for a rate increase totaling 44.7% over the next two years >> more

Suwanee, Georgia base water rates increase 42% >> more

New Haven, Indiana settles on 35% water hike >> more

Neenah, Wisconsin seeks 32% water rate hike >> more

Keyser, West Virginia water system customers, both in and outside the city limits, face a 30% rate increase >> more

30% water rate increase proposed in Windsor, Canada >> more

Stanley, North Carolina town council approved a 30% increase on monthly water and sewer bill >> more

Houston, Texas single-family homes should expect a 30% increase in monthly water bills over the next four years >> more

Maumelle, Arkansas 30% water rate increase proposed >> more

Bracken, Kentucky facing 25.39% water rate increase

Madill, Oklahoma raises water and sewer rates by 25% >> more

Gladstone, Michigan to pay 20% more for water and sewer utilities >> more

Wichita, Kansas to raise water rates every year through 2018 >> more

May 2010

Newton residents find that rainwater collection brings more than financial savings - Newton resident Ellen Meyers loves her rain barrel. She doesn’t know for sure how much money it has saved her. That’s not why she purchased it. “I just felt so good about using less water,” she said. Many Massachusetts residents are supplementing their water supply with rainwater collected in barrels. Bypassing the tap means bypassing the need for tanker trucks, processing plants, and treatment chemicals. These processes are vital to filter and deliver water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. But water has many other uses.>> more

Jamaica Evaluating Rainwater Harvesting- The Water Resources Authority (WRA) has implemented a project to assess the potential for rainwater harvesting across the island, Minister of Water and Housing, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has said. Speaking in the 2010/11 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives Tuesday (May 18), Dr. Chang said that the objective is to analyse the rainfall data for stations in elevated areas with rainfall above a threshold value, to determine the feasibility, system and design for effective rainwater harvesting to augment the country's water supply.>> more

Rainwater Harvesting Program Plans to Flow Citywide - The LA Stormwater Program has successfully completed the City’s first Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Program at the end of March! The even better news? As a result of the pilot, 600 Los Angeleno homeowners and eight commercial building owners received and installed free rain barrels and planter boxes to collect rainwater and reduce urban runoff that leads to the ocean. >> more

Rainwater Harvesting Systems Could be Cheaper - The rate of uptake of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in the UK has been slow to date, but is expected to gain momentum in the near future. The designs of two different new-build rainwater harvesting systems, based on simple methods, are evaluated using three different design methods, including a continuous simulation modelling approach. The RWH systems are shown to fulfill 36% and 46% of WC demand. Oversizing tanks can lead to excessive system capital costs, which currently hinders the uptake of systems. >> more

Pakistan capital to have rainwater harvesting facility - The federal capital has become the first city of the country to have a rainwater harvesting facility to re-charge the underground water table. The Pilot Rainwater Harvesting Project has been initiated at the compound of Faisal Arrangements: Masjid. However, Capital Development Authority (CDA) has made comprehensive arrangements to replicate this network across the capital to benefit from rain, a primary source of water. >> more

Experts lobby govts to adopt laws that promote rainwater harvesting - Africa is running out of water but its governments are not moving fast enough to replenish sources or enact water-friendly laws. This has prompted experts to lobby for policies that encourage people to harvest rainwater, a neglected yet cheap and simpler water supply technique. It is estimated that a child dies every 15 seconds from a water-related disease in the world, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. “We need to focus on rainwater harvesting, make our hills and mountains green again, and leave our natural forests alone instead of cutting trees and replacing them with exotic varieties which spoil the soil and destroy leaf ground cover,” Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai noted. >> more

Rainwater Harvesting: Beyond the Rain Barrel - Rainwater harvesting refers to the process of capturing and storing storm runoff – i.e., rainwater that drains off rooftops and pavements - for domestic landscape and other non-potable uses. Up until recently, the common practice was to discharge storm runoff via downspouts and catch basins directly into storm sewers. Rainwater was, and often still is, literally sent “down the drain”, a waste material disposed of as efficiently as possible. >> more

Harvesting Oregon’s bumper crop — rain Rainwater is abundant in the Portland area during the winter and spring, but summer is another story. Just when homeowners and farmers need water the most, Mother Nature gets skimpy. “Why are we using chlorinated, treated water for watering our plants and yards and flushing our toilets, when we could get 70 percent of the water from rain captured from the roof?” wonders Klock, senior resource conservationist for the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District." >> more

Double Digit Water Rates Continue

Trempealeau, Wisconsin water rates up 140% >> more

Bloomington, Indiana city council approves water rate increase of 54% >> more

Wisconsin's South Milwaukee Water Utility has prepared a letter to residents who have questions and concerns about the 52% rate increase >> more

Clovis, New Mexico water rates jumped 20% in January. A second rate increase of 15% will go into effect in July, followed by a 15% increase in 2011 and a 5% increase in 2012, for a total increase of 55% >> more

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) initiated a two-week hearing on a proposed 34 percent rate hike >> more

New Creek, WV and McCoole, MD residents could see 30% increase >> more

Atlantic City's New Jersey American Water seeks 13% rate increase >> more

New York City Proposes Water Rate Increase of Nearly 13% >> more

Ames, Iowa could see a double-digit increase in their water rates >> more

Metropolitan Water District supplies water to 26 member agencies in Southern California approved rate increases of 15 percent over two years, 7.5 percent each year >> more

Monona Grove, Wisconsin Water Utility is in the process of seeking a 20% water rate increase >> more

Illinois American Water customers across the Southland will soon be going up more than 26 percent >> more

Homer Glen, Illinois residents get 26 percent hike in water rates >> more

Clive, Iowa 20 percent water rate increase proposed >> more

Houston votes to hike water-sewer rates up to 30 percent >> more

Illinois American water users to see 14.5% rate increase >> more

Portland's Sewers Right as Rain - The most surprising tourist attraction in Portland, Ore., is its storm sewer system. Eco-friendly tourists flock to the city to understand how Portland's innovative system of curbs, gutters, roofs and rain gardens sharply cuts water pollution. When we started this 10 or 12 years ago, there was a lot of skepticism," says Dean Marriott, director of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services. "Today, many cities are moving in this direction. People want to see how it's done." >> more

American Industry's Thirst for Water: First Study of Its Kind in 30 Years - How many gallons of water does it take to produce $1 worth of sugar, dog and cat food, or milk? The answers appear in the first comprehensive study in 30 years documenting American industry's thirst for this precious resource. They estimated water use among more than 400 industry sectors -- from finished products to services -- using a special computer model. The new data shows that most water use by industry occurs indirectly as a result of processing, such as packaging and shipping food crops to the supermarket, rather than direct use, such as watering crops. Among the findings for consumer products: It takes almost 270 gallons of water to produce $1 worth of sugar; 200 gallons of water to make $1 worth of dog and cat food; and 140 gallons of water to make $1 worth of milk. >> more

Kansas water policy's drift - Groundbreaking plan for reform ends in compromise. For years, some farmers and ranchers have needlessly diverted water from rivers and streams to comply with a mandate that holders of a Kansas water right actively make use of the privilege. The idea from Svaty was to grant, for the first time in Kansas, legal status to conservation and put an end to the "use it or lose it" philosophy. Svaty, a Democrat from Ellsworth, said he wasn't satisfied with outcome of this session's debate on water. Senate Bill 316 retains disincentives to substantive conservation of water by forcing producers to maintain pumping equipment, he said. It too closely resembles the Water Rights Conservation Program, which was operated by the agriculture department for about 15 years but dropped due to state budget cuts. >> more

April 2010

Harvesting rainwater to ease Atlanta’s water woes - Metro Atlanta’s water challenges have rolled through the region like a giant thunderclap in the night, waking its residents from their dream that Georgia’s water resources are unlimited and well-managed. A decentralized approach to rainwater harvesting, as described by Australian water authority Peter Coombes in a series of recent academic studies, can produce tremendous benefits for the state both in conservation of potable water and reduction of storm water runoff. >> more

$2,000 rebate toward the purchase and installation of a home rainwater harvesting system - Introduced Thursday, the rainwater harvesting system incentive is a recommendation of the municipality’s Water Conservation and Efficiency Strategy Update. The city will give a $2,000 rebate toward the purchase and installation of a home rainwater harvesting system. Such systems are to retain melted snow and rain from roofs and eavestroughs and collect such waters in a basin that can be above or below ground, says Wayne Galliher, the water conservation project manager. He said some systems and will hold about 2,500 litres of water — water which can be used to flush toilets, water lawns, as well as any other activity that doesn’t require drinking quality water. >> more

8 News Austin - Rainwater harvesting saves water for a not so rainy day Walk into the garden of Harker Heights resident Ursula Nanna and you will find tanks among her flowers and plants. Four years ago, Nanna installed her first tank to start the rainwater harvesting process. Aaron said these systems can help with water conservation efforts in Texas, by relying less on city water systems. "Sixty percent of the water we use as citizens in the state of Texas is for landscape purposes, and we can no longer afford that if we double our population between now and 2024," Aaron said. >> more

Novato, California offering rebates to residents to conserve water - Rebates will be offered soon to residents who install rainwater catchment systems, graywater reuse systems and wells to alleviate demand from North Marin Water District sources - mostly the Russian River in Sonoma County.The district has been crafting a pilot program for several months and is ready to unveil rebates that will average about $150 per rainwater catchment system and graywater system. Rebates could be more than $1,000 for a well. >> more

Water Hikes Continue Upward Flow

In Sun City, Arizona the rate increase would be 27.7 percent for water and 40.8 percent for wastewater >> more

New York's United Water plans to boost rates by 21% >> more

Many of the Laurel, Wyoming property owners faced with the 400% >> more

Water rates could rise as much as 25% for Oregon and South Fork, Oregon >> more

Halifax, Canada water rates could rise by 40% >> more

March 2010

DENR urges adoption of rainwater harvesting - Philippines's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged the national government to consider rainwater harvesting technology as a potential solution to the country’s problems on flooding and water shortages. The Philippines has a lot of excess water and does not have to suffer much from El Niño because rainwater harvesting is doable, simple, and relatively low cost. >> more

EPA Begins Rating Showerheads for Water Efficiency - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program released its final specification for showerheads. Manufacturers can now submit their showerheads for testing to earn the WaterSense label, and consumers will soon be able to renovate their bathrooms with the full suite of WaterSense labeled products. Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day. >> moreCheck out more water conserving techniques >> more

New Global Water Prize Announces Winners - A web application that alerts wine grape farmers when their vines are thirsty. Rainwater storage that’s easy to install and fits in tight spaces. Technology that tells water utility customers their usage rate and rewards them for cutting back. These are the winning business ideas for the inaugural Imagine H2O Prize and they’re ready to save the world hundreds of billions of gallons of water. Rainwater HOG’s H2OG tank, which is a food-grade, rectangular module made of low-density polyethylene that can store water horizontally or vertically, was a runner-up. “The HOG makes it easy for people to harvest and use rainwater instead of city water for their irrigation and even inside their homes, and can thus reduce a building’s city water use by more than 50%,” says HOG designer Sally Dominguez, who co-founded the company with husband and CEO, Simon. >> more

Bill turns rainwater into toilet water - A bill passed by the Illinois Senate Environment Committee Feb 24 will make it easier for businesses and homeowners to collect rainwater to be used for non-potable uses, such as flushing toilets. The bill, Rainwater Harvesting for Non-Potable Uses, is co-sponsored by state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Highwood) and state Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Orland Park) and if passed would require the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop standards for rainwater capture, ensuring that rainwater could not enter the public water supply. >> more Information on statues in other states >> more

Sun Coast Daily - Water: Council must fight - If Sunshine Coast Council is, as it appears, on a collision course with the State Government then the battleground should be water.Council has opposed desalination in its submission to the SEQ Water Plan and has made it abundantly clear that developments at Palmview and Caloundra South should have sustainable water management solutions. >> more

Geosyntec Consultants Announces Acquisition of Rainwater Recovery Inc. - Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. (www.geosyntec.com) announced today the acquisition of the assets of Rainwater Recovery Inc. of Waltham, Mass., a specialty consulting firm focused on the design of rainwater harvesting and integrated stormwater management systems. Geosyntec regards the acquisition as an important step in the expansion of the firm's service offerings in the water and natural resources sector. >> more

Rainwater harvesting bill passes first hurdle - SB 2549 (chief co-Sponsors: Ill. Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Highwood) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Orland Park)) would require the Ill. Dept. of Health to establish minimum standards for capture of rainwater on site and re-use for non-potable purposes. These uniform standards would help plumbers, engineers and builders ensure that no rain water accidentally makes its way into public water supplies. >> more Information on statues in other states >> more

Lone crusader tries to sell his idea to legislators for water savings - The soft-spoken Watkinsville resident signed up for his chance to speak before the House Natural Resources Committee when it held a hearing last month on the legislation championed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. When his turn came, he spoke excitedly on behalf of the Rainwater Harvesting Association of America about how 300 million gallons of water is available for use in Georgia per day by capturing rain. >> more

Local News8 - Utah OKs rainwater harvesting - Senate Bill 32 would permit the collection of no more than 2,500 gallons in a storage container. If it becomes law Utahns wouldn't be able to just put out barrels in the backyard. The proposal requires registering with the state and buying a standardized container. >> more Information on statues in other states >> more

Current Protocols - Tree Provides New Low-Cost Water Purification Method - A low-cost water purification technique could help drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease in the developing world. The procedure, which uses seeds from the Moringa oleifera tree, can produce a 90.00% to 99.99% bacterial reduction in previously untreated water. >> more

Water Efficiency - Dual Flush Savings: An Analysis of Field Data - Recent research affirms that dual-flush fixtures offer significant water savings, but also tell a slightly different story about the effects of flush frequency and volume. Empirical data from recent research conducted by Aquacraft confirm that dual-flush fixtures offer significant savings over older, higher-volume fixtures, but offer a slightly different story about the frequency of partial versus full flushes (Aquacraft 2004). >> more

Rate Hikes Springing Up

Hinsdale, Illinois residents will see increased water rates by 31% >> more

Halifax, Canada water rates could rise by 40% >> more

Bloomington, Indiana water rates might rise 54% >> more

William's Lake, Canada water and sewer rates to rise 25% >> more

Virginia American Water Co.'s request increases for Alexandria's by 17%, Prince William County's by 27% and Hopewell's by 33% >> more

Darien, Illinois residents could face a 35% water rate increase >> more

Elburn, Illinois combined water and sewer rate has increased by 30% >> more

Since June, residents in 17 Johnstown-area, PA municipalities have been paying 25 % >> more

Illinois' ICC proposal raises water fees 29% >> more

Vero Beach, Florida study recommended increases of more than 37.5% >> more

New Jersey's Berkeley residents have the opportunity today to comment on United Water Toms River's request for a 39.7% after 62% increase in 2009 >> more

Wisconsin Public Service Commission this week approved a 200% increase in rates for Lyndon Station municipal water utility customers >> more

Lexington, Kentucky residents get a 37% rate increase, on the heels of last year's 18% increase >> more

Athens, Georgia gets a 30% rate hike for water and wastewater over a two year period >> more

In order to break even Mass town would need to raise water rates by 40% >>more

Macomb City Council, Illinois voted and passed the 20% >> more

February 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald - Population and resources: She won't be right, mate - While most political attention is focused on things such as health and education — despite the fact that we have among the best health care and education systems in the world — the medium and long-term national issues always get second-class treatment. Energy, transport, urban planning, water and environment (indigenous species loss, feral-pests, salination, loss of soil fertility, forests) are some of the major challenges we face. Water is perhaps the issue most worrisome for both the experts and the public. >> more

Sunshine Coast Daily - Huge potential for water savings bill - A review by Queensland Water Commission nominee Ian Law into the findings of two reports by University of the Sunshine Coast and consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff has recommended a scaling back of the engineering specifications for the Coolum Ridges rainwater harvesting and beneficial re-use systems. >> more

LocalNews8 - Utah Senate OKs personal rainwater collection bill - The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would allow the personal collection of rainwater. >> more

Tree Hugger - Los Angeles May Get Mandatory Rainwater Harvesting Law - A new proposed law to go into effect in 2011 could have Los Angeles residents changing their habits when it comes to rainfall. Rather than just complaining that there's some strange wet substance falling from the sky, all new homes, large developments, and some redevelopment projects will start to appreciate those few rainy days by harvesting and redirecting rainfall. >> more

Rate Hikes Continue

Planned water rate increase sparks outcry in Botetourt County, Virginia >> more

West Bountiful, Utah doubles fee for city's water users >> more

Kentucky American asks to raise Lexington water rates 37% >> more

New York's Westchester municipalities fight request for 55% water-rate increase >> more

Rate hike of 69% to 129% proposed for Port Hope, Canada >> more

Wayne County, WV water utility proposing 33% rate hike >> more

Proposed 30% increase to be staggered over two years in Athens, AL >> more

Aquarion, CT to request 17.5% water rate increase>> more

Waterville, Maine, sewerage district rates increase by 38% >> more

Water rates will increase by 22% in Fair Lawn, NJ >> more

Ohio American Water applied for water and sewer rate increases in June, and its current request is a 27%>> more

January 2010

Sunshine Coast Daily - No need for new pipeline or plant - NEW research into a Sunshine Coast rainwater harvesting scheme has mounted a serious argument for scrapping the $400 million stage two of the water grid pipeline and for dumping desalination plants from the state’s water strategy. The scheme catches water from roofs, treats it and returns it to homes as drinking water. It also treats waste water to A+ standard and returns it via separate pipes for use in cold water washing machines, toilet flushing and lawn and garden irrigation. >> more

LA Times - Australian water crisis offers clues for California - When California water officials look into the future, many of them see Australia: a vast, arid continent that has been suffering through drought for more than a decade. Severe shortages have prompted Australia to implement strict water-saving measures throughout the country. It has required residents to use less water in their homes, caused government to build large-scale desalination plants and led farmers to implement drip irrigation systems. Dave Griggs, director of Australia’s Monash Sustainability Institute cited rainwater harvesting and demand management as the least expensive options for increasing water supplies. Pipelines and dams were among the most expensive options, he said.>> more

The Post - As temperatures fall, taps dry up - Our water services have been at breaking point for the last week, as local authority engineers battle to maintain water supplies in the middle of the most severe freezing weather that most of us can remember. So why has this happened? Why have so many people across the country been left without water, or with very low water pressure? he simple answer is that we have had a lengthy period of extremely cold weather, of the kind which has not been experienced in Ireland for many years. This has frozen the water in the public mains and in private household plumbing. This may also be an opportunity to extend the Home Energy Saving Scheme to include water efficiency measures, such as rainwater harvesting, and plumbing improvements to make private houses more frost-resilient. >> more

UT Senator Scott Jenkins has registered a rainwater harvesting bill - Under this bill, a person could capture and store rainwater in an underground storage tank (with a maximum capacity of 2500 gallons) or in covered storage containers above ground (with a maximum capacity of 55 gallons per container). >> more

Process Engineering - IPS considers challenges of rainwater harvesting - Rainwater harvesting has become the 'next best thing' when it comes to saving our valuable water supplies. However, when you look carefully at the projects where rainwater harvesting has been introduced, it is rarely used beyond that which is necessary for running washing machines, flushing toilets and watering the garden. Rainwater harvesting is not for everybody; it can be like fitting the proverbial square peg in a round hole and be difficult to see any return in investment. >> more

CBS News - America's Dwindling Water Supply - In 15 Years, Nearly 2 Billion People Worldwide Will Live Where Water is Scarce. Americans are the world's biggest water consumers. - by the time we go to bed, we've used up to 150 gallons. By comparison, people in the U.K. use a quarter of that - 40 gallons of water a day. The Chinese average just 22 gallons per day. And in the poorest countries like Kenya, people use less than the minimum 13 gallons to cover basic needs. >> more

Year Starts with More Water Rates Increases

Bloomer, WI water rates increase 30% >> more

Windsor, Canada water customers may face 22% hike >> more

Recent 45 percent water/sewer rate increase has added to frustrations in Denmark, SC >> more

Phoenix AZ water, sewer rates up 40% since 2005 >> more

Brownsville, TX increase of nearly 40% over 5 years >> more

40% increase on water rate in store for Harrisburg, PA >> more

Spring Hill, TN Municipal Technical Advisory Servicerecommended the city raise water rates by 55% >> more

Water increase of 38% over 6 year period for Fremont, OH >> more

Los Osos, CA company is seeking state approval for a 48% hike >> more

Complaints flow after 60% water rates rise in Lunenburg, MA >> more

Tempers flare over proposed El Dorado Irrigation District 85% rate increase >> more

Cherokee metropolitan district CO, have seen their water bills go up a whopping 87%. Customer says with the new rates he'll be paying nearly $200 this July.>> more

Angry Northside, IN customers complain at hearing that 35%>> more

El Dorado County’s, CA major water utility is proposing a five-step rate increase of 65% by 2014,>> more

Jackson County, WI water rates poised for 16% increase >> more

Fenton, MI citizens to feel water woes with 14% increase >> more

Municipal Technical Advisory Service, TN has recommended the city raise water rates by 55% >> more

La Grange City Council, KY approved a 21 percent rate >> more

Clovis, Hanford CA water rates will rise by more than 55% over next two years >> more

Whidbey News Times - It’s legal to collect your own rain - What was once forbidden is now encouraged. A newly adopted policy provides clarity to the Washington state surface water code, said Stacy Smith, a natural resource planner with the Whidbey Island Conservation District. The new policy overturned a 1917 law that banned rainwater collection for personal use. Several counties are now moving toward allowing rain water for flushing, etc. Look for changes in 2010 and 2011 in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan county. >> more

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