When most people think of rainwater harvesting, they picture a 55-gal tank that collects rainwater from the roof to water plants — but this term also extends to natural collection systems like dams. Rainwater harvesting is nothing new; it has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptians who used earthen dams to control runoff. Another example is the rice terraces of the Philippines, which are still in existence today. More sophisticated rainwater systems have been uncovered by archaeologists in Crete, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean region.
Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications
Over the past five years, the topic of rainwater harvesting has become prevalent everywhere we look. Many articles on this subject begin with an introduction about rainwater harvesting not being a new concept because systems have been around since before the ancient Greeks. They then cover the basics, from where water can be captured to its various applications. Storage tanks, pumps and filters are typically mentioned, but sometimes without specific details. This is for good reason: Rainwater harvesting systems, especially commercial-sized ones, can be complex.
Considerations for commercial rainwater harvesting applications
Deanna Cox appointed vice president of marketing
Deanna Cox, CWS II, has been appointed vice president of marketing for Rainwater Resources, a water management service company specializing in design, consultation and design/build of rainwater harvesting systems for detention, innovative use and groundwater recharge. The company helps developers and builders with storm water runoff regulations compliance and acquisition of LEED certification points.
Rainwater catchment facilities in schools will aid in efforts to reduce flooding and conserve water
Sen. Loren Legarda said that all schools and barangays in the country should have rainwater catchment facilities as part of efforts to reduce flooding and conserve water.
"These rainwater catchment systems can help address the country's water shortage problem, particularly during the dry season, while making use of the excessive water brought by the rains during the wet season. These facilities can also contribute to [reducing] the occurrence of flooding," Legarda said.
New Jersey American Water's grant enhances eco-friendly Poricy Park
A rain garden will be added to the eco-friendly features of Middletown, N.J.'s Poricy Park, thanks to a $10,000 grant from New Jersey American Water. The award is part of the company's annual Environmental Grant Program, which offers funding for qualifying, innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies.
EPA encourages homeowners to explore the benefits of rain barrels
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to explore the opportunity of introducing a rain barrel next to their homes this summer to help save precious water and control storm water runoff.
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from the roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout.
Bushman product line is currently available on the Plastic-Mart website
Plastic-Mart partnered with Bushman USA in the sale of their rainwater systems. The Bushman product line is currently available through drop ship across the country from Temecula, Calif., on the Plastic-Mart website.
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The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa is a flagship for the school’s commitment to sustainability. Completed in September 2010, it not only serves USF’s School of Global Sustainability and Patel Center for Global Solutions, it also is the first building at the Tampa campus to aim for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
University center lives up to green ideals with water reuse system
First WATERBANK School opens this month near Depatas in Kenya’s Central Highlands
The WATERBANK School, conceived and designed by U.S.-based nonprofit PITCHAfrica, demonstrates the dramatic potential of rainwater harvesting in semi-arid regions and aims to put an end to water wars. Enabling schools to harvest, store and filter water in large quantities as part of a community-integrated approach to rainwater harvesting is a powerful concept, particularly in regions where groundwater and surface water resources are already under stress, said PITCHAfrica’s founder and director, Jane Harrison.