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December 2014

Rainwater catching systems growing in popularity, size - When rain drenches Mark Wialbut’s mountain home, it sprouts inspiration. His vast network of gutters, pipes, tanks and filters has captured more than 10,000 gallons so far this month, with more to come — enough for his family to be self-sufficient this winter in their Los Gatos aerie. “The water is used for everything,” said Wialbut, an electrical engineer at work but a water sanitation specialist, maintenance mechanic and troubleshooting technician at home. “It tastes great,” he said, triumphantly. In the East Bay, Tony Poeck of Indira Designs reports a 30 percent jump in revenue this year for sales of rainwater and “greywater” (to reuse household water) collection system equipment, design and consultation. >> more

Incredible futuristic African architecture that solves problems-- and gets you thinking - ARCHITECTURE cropping up in Africa is achieving international acclaim for some of the most innovative and sustainable building designs in the world. In some cases it is a single building that has been designed to minimise impact on the environment or cope with environmental challenges. In other cases the architecture involves a concerted effort among companies, individuals, and at times the government, to deal with certain demands such as urbanisation or climate change or as a form of modernisation to accommodate new economic aspirations. >> more

Rainwater offers potential savings for homeowners - The UK consistently faces annual water shortages caused by the increased demand on supplies and changes in our climate. Sporadic long dry spells throughout the year cause water companies to enforce hose-pipe bans across the country, meaning customers are left without full access to a service they pay for. The environment also suffers because of the extra strain on resources. Rainwater harvesting is an excellent way of ensuring the continuation of your water supply as well as offering a saving on water bills and helping safeguard the environment. Rainwater harvesting can also be used to prevent flooding at times of heavy rainfall. >> more

Catching rainwater from the sky eases drought's grip for Bay Area innovators - When rain drenches Mark Wialbut's mountain home, it sprouts inspiration. His vast network of gutters, pipes, tanks and filters has captured more than 10,000 gallons so far this month, with more to come -- enough for his family to be self-sufficient this winter in their Los Gatos aerie. For Wialbut -- and the growing number of collectors like him -- rainwater systems are elaborate enough to weaken drought's fierce grip. >> more

Why gutters matter in a desert - Gutters? Who needs gutters? Many Arizona homes have none at all, particularly homes in newer subdivisions in central and southern Arizona. Perhaps the builder didn't bother to put gutters on your house as a way of keeping down construction costs. If you're living in a desert that only gets 8 inches of rain a year, gutters might seem as unusual as 50-foot redwood trees. When that big monsoon hits, you only have to sit it out for a few hours with water pouring off the roof in sheets. Then it's over, and you forget about most drainage issues until the next time. >> more

Swales offer DIY rainwater catchment options - In these years of drought, rainwater catchment makes more sense than ever. Rain costs nothing and is free of hard minerals and chlorine. Plants love it. “The best storage for rainwater is the ground,” said Rishi Kumar of the Growing Home in Diamond Bar.A healthy soil, preferably with lots of organic material like compost, can hold several inches of rainwater in the first few feet. And the more stored in the ground, the less you have to add later, particularly for trees and shrubs. >> more

November 2014

St. Paul Saints ballpark will be green, includes RHW System - The $65 million project is following state sustainability guidelines, which officials say are similar to LEED standards. The $450,000 rainwater system will collect rainwater from the roof of the adjacent light-rail operations and maintenance facility, pipe it to a 27,000 gallon tank at the ballpark, filter it and then deliver it to the field or restrooms. >> more

Water harvesters that blend into the scenery - Some rainwater harvesters like the look of a plastic tank or a silver metal culvert cistern that announce that they are saving water. Others want to be less obvious. Kay Baumann is one of them.“I was a little shy to have two big plastic tubs in my backyard,” says the north-sider. Instead, she took the advice of permaculture designer Justin Bramhall and covered two plastic tanks, which store a total of 2,185 gallons, with gabions. A gabion is a metal cage filled with rocks. >> more

Rainwater will be used to top up university swimming pool - The 1.3 million litre holding tank will harvest rainwater from the aquatic centre's roof to replenish evaporated pool water as well as help manage extreme storm water run-off and flooding. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first use of a rainwater harvesting system to top up pool water lost to evaporation in a public indoor swimming pool in North America," said Mark Ostry, principal of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. in Vancouver. "Because of the warm interior and the powerful ventilation system, the pool loses one-and-one-half to two inches of water per day. The cistern is integral to the sustainability of the pool." >> more

Right as Rain - This year, California was hit by a serious drought, with more dry spells predicted in coming decades. It’s time to get creative and save water for a non-rainy day by building our own tower of showers. The water tower in Santa Fe’s historic railyards doubles as a rainwater harvester and local landmark. >> more

September 2014

Rainwater harvesting: a niche for plumbing contractors - When one thinks of rainwater harvesting, the typical image that comes to mind is rain barrels and cisterns. However, there is so much more in the world of water reduction strategies — today rainwater harvesting and other conservation strategies can be looked at as a business niche for plumbing contractors. >> more

July 2014

No rebate at end of rainbow when rain harvesting - Sibley drinks rainwater. Just like his plants.This makes him free — independent, in keeping with the day — of San Antonio Water System's drought restrictions. “I have lived through droughts. I understand what that's all about really well,” he said. “My main desire here was I didn't want the city of San Antonio telling me I couldn't irrigate during the summer.” >> more

June 2014

First Eduational Institutional to Accredit Rainwater Harvesting Nationally - The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (www.ARCSA.org, 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit) is the preeminent national educational and technical organization offering accreditation for rainwater-harvesting professionals. Today, ARCSA proudly announces its first partner in that effort—Santa Fe Community College (www.sfcc.edu)—whose 16-week course, "Active Water Harvesting and Distribution Systems” surpassed the curriculum requirements, including lessons on the latest design and installation standard - ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI Standard 63-2013. To formalize the occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Interim SFCC President Randy Grissom and ARCSA’s President David Crawford.. >> more

May 2014

Rainwater harvesting can help in water security, conservation - A former chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) encouraged the public to practice rainwater harvesting to aid in water conservation and improve water security in the country. “Seventy percent of our water needs in the household level can be met by rainwater,” said Elisea Gozun, former environment secretary and presently USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Contractor working as Climate Resiliency Team Leader under the Be Sure Project. >> more

San Marcos adds rebates for rainwater tank systems - San Marcos officials have expanded their rebate program to help city water customers with the cost of purchasing and installing rain barrels and large rainwater tank systems. “Conserving water is more critical than ever right now,” said Jan Klein, the city’s conservation coordinator, in a statement. “Capturing rainwater off your roof and using it instead of treated water is a great way to conserve our valuable water resources. Rainwater is also better for your plants, and capturing it onsite helps to reduce stormwater runoff.” >> more

Concrete House Doubles as Rainwater Filter System - The RAINHOUSE is a building that collects rain and turns it into high quality drinking water. The building is made with IVANKA’s bio-concrete, a material that has a PH neutral orientation and is bio-compatible with water. What makes the technology built into the RAINHOUSE different from other filtration technologies is that the system filters raw rain water physically and in a natural way, without the need for additional chemicals, to produce sun-distilled drinking water of the highest quality. >> more

Harvesting Rainwater on your Boat - Water is vital to life and a precious commodity these days. In the Caribbean – despite the vast amounts of rainfall we seem to experience – water supplies can often dwindle or even become contaminated after the passing of a hurricane, so it pays to have your own backup supply. >> more

April 2014

How to create a rainwater harvesting system - Rainwater collection is a way to conserve water that can be adopted by both private homeowners and businesses. Harvesting water during peak times of precipitation ensures water will be on hand during drought or when water restrictions are implemented. Making use of rainwater reduces reliance on underground wells or municipal water systems. Harvesting rainwater also can help prevent flooding and soil erosion. The average homeowner can collect thousands of gallons of rainwater each year. To learn just how much water can be harvested, as well as how many natural resources can be produced from that rain, visit www.save-the-rain.com, where men and women can calculate their rain collection potential by geographic location and average rainfall. Afterward, homeowners may be inclined to establish their own rainwater harvesting systems. Here is how to get started.

March 2014

Officials seek water solution from above: Rainwater harvesting viability explored - Yavapai County officials are studying the benefits of rainwater harvesting equipment in new construction.The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors and its planning commission discussed the idea at length Wednesday during one of their two annual joint meetings."In some cases, we have to lead by example," Supervisor Craig Brown said."We need to look at this," agreed Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Tom Reilly, a local architect. He noted it would conserve groundwater. The Prescott region has been depleting its groundwater supplies for more than a decade.

Rain barrel strategy for home gardeners - Gardeners for centuries from Mediterranean climates have long used the rain barrel as a conservation method for storing roof runoff water for later use. A rain barrel collects water directly from a roof downspout. When every drop counts, rainwater harvesting can be a simple way for a home gardener to reduce water consumption from a piped-in supply.

April Showers? Make use of Rainwater Harvesting - April showers may bring us May flowers, so the saying goes. But they also bring out green homeowners. As the snow and ice-covered rooftops melt with Spring temperatures warming the Northern Hemisphere, all of the water run-off has to go someplace.If you’re a green home owner, you’ve already got your rain barrel or other rainwater harvesting system in place to capture all that run-off, to save water and your wallet.

Rainwater as a Disaster Risk Reduction Tool - In a nation where a pot of water is seen as sign of good luck and punkalasa (which is mimicked by the rain water harvested tank) is the sign of prosperity, I find it very difficult to comprehend how rain water harvesting is perceived as the poor man’s option.

Presentation to city council touts benefits of harvesting rainwater - SWith an average of only 9 inches of annual precipitation in this area, water is a precious commodity in Moab. However, with the right setup, at least some rainwater can be harnessed to provide irrigation to gardens and lawns, rather than draining into the city’s stormwater system or flowing into ditches. Roslynn Brain, an associate professor with Utah State University, and Jeremy Lynch, a sustainable communities intern with the USU extension program, are trying to teach people how to make that happen.

Local Man Seeks to Harvest Rain Via Curb Cutting - San Angelo resident Ty Williams, who lives on the south side of town, presented an idea on capturing rainwater that could alleviate some water woes in the private sector. The plan involves “curb cutting” to divert rainwater flow into a storm drain that would be built on his property.

Santa Monica seeks water independence in wake of California drought - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller’s 1920s bungalow — a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.

Rainwater Harvesting; What’s the Payback? - This weekend I installed a thousand gallons of rainwater storage tanks in my side yard. I found some very nice Bushman Slimline tanks that are only 25” wide, fit neatly in my side yard, and still allow me to get by with the trashcans and the wheelbarrow. They collect roughly half of the water from my roof, and with a thousand square feet of roof area I can fill the tanks with 1 3/4 “ of rain. >> more

Californians Willing to Pay for Drought Solutions - By a margin of 74% to 17%, Californians think the best way to deal with the drought is to develop local supplies of water rather than expand water imports. Furthermore, 77% of voters would be willing to pay more on their water bill in order to increase sustainable local water supplies. >> more

Pima town manager talks low impact development - Low impact development includes shaping roadways to try and catch as much rainwater runoff as possible, directing it toward bioretention cells made up of native vegetation, where it can filter out pollutants and allow the water to seep into the aquifer. >> more

The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 - U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton, Calif.) on Friday introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit toward the purchase of WaterSense-certified products. H.R. 4117, “The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014,” proposes amending the IRS Tax Code to provide a 30 percent tax credit (up to $2,000 per taxpayer) on the purchase of products “tested by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited third-party certification body or laboratory in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.” >> more

West Virginians Harvest Rainwater in Wake of Chem Spill - The quality of the water remains in question, but residents aren't satisfied with a choice between expensive bottled water from the store and possibly polluted water from the tap. Increasingly, they're going for a sustainable and self-sufficient alternative: rainwater harvesting. >> more

City Encourages Rainwater Harvesting During Storm, for Non-Potable Use - With considerable rainfall in the forecast for the upcoming week, the City of Sierra Madre would like to encourage residents to think about opportunities to collect rain water and use it to supplement their potable supply. >> more

February 2014

New buildings must comply with criteria to get approval - New developments, be it commercial or residential, must fulfil a list of green criteria set by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) before the green light is given. This is all part of MBPJ’s plan to make the city a sustainable one come 2030, by kicking off with a low carbon city framework programme this year.Developments including semi-detached structures and bungalows will have to be fitted with a rainwater harvesting system. >> more

Rain Harvesting Solution to Drought - The heavy rains sweeping across Zimbabwe have created and, in some cases expanded opportunities for rainwater harvesting. This is a concept still in its infancy here although critical in view of the growing water shortages across the globe.The grandmother of four started collecting rainwater in 1993 after receiving training from the Intermediate Technology Development Group, now known as Practical Action, a global non-governmental organisation bent on improving urban and rural livelihoods. >> more

Rain: Heavens-sent pollution solution? - Sarah Smith hopes to collect enough rainwater to wash her vehicles, do laundry, shower in, fill her aquarium and maybe supply her drinking water one day.She was one of about 60 people that attended a free rainwater-harvesting workshop Saturday at Rock Lake Presbyterian Church in South Charleston. "I started thinking about [collecting rainwater], but knew I needed more information," Smith said. "I'm here today to figure out how to do that.">> more

Days of Desiccation - The bathtub rings in the reservoirs that hold California’s liquid life have never been more exposed. Shorelines are bare, brown and bony. Much of the Sierra Nevada is naked of snow. And fields in the Central Valley may soon take to the sky. A Dust Bowl? Not yet. Though this drought will surely go down as the worst in the state’s recorded history. Until next year.>> more

Victorians urged to use the Right Water - Minister for Water Peter Walsh has today launched Right Water, a new campaign to encourage Victorian households to make greater use of rainwater.Right Water is a new household-focused initiative to help Victorian families make greater use of alternative water sources around their home and garden, helping to reduce the use of drinking water supplies for non-drinking purposes,” Mr Walsh said.>> more

Many look to rainwater after chemical spill - The Freedom Industries chemical leak has led many to find creative ways to avoid using tap water. Most are relying on bottled water, but a growing number of people are looking to the sky for a clean -- and free -- water source.Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater in containers, then storing it for later use. The practice is popular among gardeners and in desert areas where water is scarce. >> more

Relearning the Words of a great King - Water is vital for all known forms of life and is considered a basic need for us humans. Ironically though, while over 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, only 2.53 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water and two thirds of the fresh water is locked in glaciers and permanent snow making only 0.01 percent of the Earth’s water readily available for human use. In Sri Lanka water has become a major issue at present due to over use, poisoning, misuse and mismanagement of this precious natural treasure. >> more

California drought: A run on rain barrels - With California facing dire water shortfalls after the driest year in recorded state history, Gov. Jerry Brown has called on residents of the Golden State to conserve water "in every way possible. Next on the list: rain barrels! It's not raining right now, but when it does, wouldn't it be great to capture as much rain as possible that falls from the sky? >> more

January 2014

Turning curse into blessing: ‘Rainwater harvesting possible in 80% of city’s land’ - Do not waste your rainwater because rainwater harvesting is possible in about 80 per cent of the land of Karachi, said Indian geologist Dr Amar N Joshi.“We don’t give much importance to the natural resource – water,” endorsed WWF-P technical adviser Muhammad Moazzam Khan. “A large quantity of water is wasted. Its importance is acknowledged only in terms of agriculture. Yes, it is the need of the hour to use rainwater in cities like Karachi.” >> more

Make use of rainwater with a harvesting system - Rainwater collection is a way to conserve water that can be adopted by both private homeowners and businesses. Harvesting water during peak times of precipitation ensures water will be on hand during drought or when water restrictions are implemented. Making use of rainwater reduces reliance on underground wells or municipal water systems. Harvesting rainwater also can help prevent flooding and soil erosion. >> more

All new buildings to have rainwater harvesting systems - All new buildings including houses, apartments, offices and schools will be obliged to install rainwater harvesting systems to reduce consumption and help drive down utility bills. The Government plans to change planning regulations next year to require all new buildings to be fitted with systems that divert rainwater from gullies into storage tanks, after which it is pumped through the plumbing system to reduce consumption of mains water. The move could help reduce average household consumption by up to 50%, leading to lower bills. >> more

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