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Saving Up for a Dry Day - NYTimes.com

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Why is it that the United States is not leading in this market.  It makes no sense, given our innovative drive and our vast need for fresh water. 

In the United States each state, county and city can do their own thing.  This has resulted in inconsistent codes, fragmented market and low visibility of a very simple solution to a large environmental issue.

Here is a short excerpt from this article:

Collecting rainwater is an ancient idea, done in places like India and Rome before people could rely wholly on centralized piping systems. These days, the concept is returning to advanced economies, especially in drought-stricken areas. Germany is a leader in rainwater harvesting, with more than 1.5 million systems in homes and businesses, according to Dietmar Sperfeld, an official at the Association for Rainwater Harvesting and Water Utilization in Germany. Britain has about 100,000 systems, with 5,000 being added each year, according to estimates by Terry Nash, director of the U.K. Rainwater Harvesting Association.


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