North Carolina County Hosts Annual Rain Barrel Sale

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Watauga County, N.C.
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Orders must be placed by April 24 to receive the discounted rate

The town of Boone, N.C., and Watauga County are hosting their annual rain barrel sale. Customers must order their barrels online by April 24, 2015. Because of bulk purchasing and delivery, the town and county are able to offer the barrels at a discounted rate of $75. The pickup day will be May 1, 2015.

Publication Date: 
February 17, 2015

Rainwater Rules

Almost all of the water that has ever existed on our planet is the same water we see today, 97% of which is non-potable seawater. The remaining 3% is freshwater, mostly locked in ice caps, glaciers and the ground. Only a fraction of a percentage is the surface water we typically depend on. To put it in perspective, if all of the Earth’s water were condensed down to fit into a single gallon jug, the freshwater readily available for our use would only equal about one tablespoon.

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Standards & treatment considerations for rainwater harvesting systems

About The Author: 

Jason Carlson is senior project chemist for UL. Carlson can be reached at jason.carlson@ul.com.

Publication Date: 
February 12, 2015
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February 12, 2015
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Rainwater Reliance

Aaron and Rebecca Howald of Franklin, Tenn., are busy professionals — she an attorney and he an executive for a national building products company. Their home site outside of Nashville might not have been buildable were it not for rainwater harvesting — it is distant from municipal water supplies, and wells in the area can be problematic. 

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Tennessee home is 100% dependent on rainwater

About The Author: 

Vincent Guarino is vice president - industry relations for Rainwater Resources. Guarino can be reached at vince@rainwaterresources.com or 865.544.7873.

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2015
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February 11, 2015
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AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Water Reuse Goes to School

This article will review the benefits and challenges of implementing water reuse strategies, focused on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing systems at the new 217,000-sq-ft Milton Union K-12 School. Public policy changes (codes, etc.) needed to be addressed during a project to more readily integrate these strategies into the building design. A summary of the water savings associated with incorporating these strategies is described herein.

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K-12 school uses rainwater for toilet flushing & irrigation

About The Author: 

Michael J. Berning, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C, is director of sustainable design for Heapy Eng. Berning can be reached at mjberning@heapy.com or 937.224.0861.

Publication Date: 
October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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Cool Energy Savings

Commercial applications for harvested rainwater are no longer a rarity in the U.S., though few uses of this heaven-sent water match the AdvancED facility in Alpharetta, Ga., for sustainability and energy efficiency. The U.S. Green Building Council thought so, too — the new global headquarters facility earned LEED Gold status.

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Building leverages rainwater for HVAC energy savings

About The Author: 

John Vastyan, owner of Common Ground, is a journalist whose work focuses on the plumbing and mechanical, HVAC, geothermal and radiant heat industries. Vastyan can be reached at cground@ptd.net or 717.664.0535.

Publication Date: 
October 9, 2014
Activation Date: 
October 9, 2014
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Bring On the Rain

In 2007, Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins organization began constructing Target Field, an approximately 40,000-seat stadium located in the heart of Minneapolis. The organization’s goal was to make it a LEED-certified professional sports venue, which would recognize its sustainable building strategies and practices.

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Target Field receives LEED certification with innovative rainwater reuse system

About The Author: 

Williette Nyanue is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Nyanue can be reached at wnyanue@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
August 27, 2014
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August 27, 2014
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Africa’s First ‘Waterbank’ Designed to End Water Wars

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PITCHAfrica
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Rain harvesting school campus to transform education through water collection and agriculture

A unique secondary school campus, conceived and designed by the nonprofit design and innovation group PITCHAfrica, opens this month at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The Waterbank Campus comprises four unique, low-cost, rainwater harvesting building types invented by PITCHAfrica, and termed Waterbanks because of the building’s capacity to harvest and store high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year-round supply.

Publication Date: 
August 15, 2014

A New Era for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

With drinking water becoming scarcer due to drought in highly populated areas and drinking water sources becoming more polluted, both individual homeowners and businesses are becoming aware of the need for drinking water conservation. This brings to mind the old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

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Integrating water conservation strategies into water management

About The Author: 

Marianne R. Metzger is vice president of sales and marketing for CNA Environmental. Metzger can be reached at marianne@cnawater.com or 216.906.3021.

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2014
Activation Date: 
July 18, 2014
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Smarter Water Management

Our planet has massive water resources, but easy access to high-quality water is limited. As our global water supply becomes dirtier, the amount of energy required to deliver clean, usable water continues to rise. 

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Greywater reuse systems help alleviate water scarcity

About The Author: 

Greg Reyneke, CWS-VI, is managing director for Red Fox Advisors, and an adviser to the ProFlow Network. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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