The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program partnered with S. Groner Associates (SGA) to launch a rainwater harvesting pilot program in 2010. The program’s purpose was to encourage residents in select cities to install rain barrels at their homes to harvest rainwater, which can be recycled to water gardens and landscaping. It used a combination of proven community-based social marketing practices, such as recruiting early adopters to establish the behavior as a social norm.
Engineering a successful rainwater harvesting program
GE consumer survey indicates that two-thirds of Americans feel positive about water reuse
Despite the “ick factor” often associated with recycled water, two-thirds of Americans feel positive about water reuse, according to the survey of 3,000 consumers in the U.S., China and Singapore. The survey reports that Americans also think that industry and government should play a stronger role in making water reuse a priority.
This is a significant finding, considering that 36 U.S. states face water shortages in the coming year and by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population — or 5.3 billion people — will be vulnerable to water shortages.
Located in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, Haas Park is a testament to the city’s commitment to sustainability through appropriate use of rainwater harvesting.
Haas Park honors Joseph F. Haas (1857-1928), a widely respected public servant. During his 42-year career in public office, he served as a Chicago alderman, secretary of the sanitary district, state senator and more.
City park implements rainwater harvesting for new fieldhouse
The guidelines include water reuse practices outside of the U.S., case studies, information on planning for future water reuse systems and information on indirect potable and industrial reuse
Water reclamation and reuse have taken on increasing importance in the water supply of communities in the U.S. and around the world to achieve efficient resource use, ensure protection of environmental and human health and improve water management. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2012 guidelines for water reuse. The 2012 reuse guidelines update and build on EPA's previous reuse guidelines issued in 2004, incorporating information on water reuse that has been developed since the 2004 document was issued. In addition to summarizing existing U.S.
Registration is open through Oct. 5, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to storm water management.
Company pilot project wins International Water Assn. Award
The Coca-Cola Co. has developed and tested at commercial scale a first-of-its-kind beverage process water recovery system to produce high-quality water that meets and/or exceeds drinking water standards for use in non-product activities such as clean in place and bottle washing. The system expands the range of manufacturing applications for recovered process water and sets precedent for conservation and reuse in the beverage industry.
Co-marketing agreement aims to educate businesses on how to achieve measurable results in water and energy conservation
As clean water grows increasingly scarce globally, more and more businesses are adopting plans to harvest rainwater locally. Recognizing this need for improved water conservation in both new and existing building projects, Pentair and Watertronics have combined forces to educate architects, consultants and engineering firms on how they can provide innovative rainwater harvesting systems that result in the health of plants, landscaping and in year-round savings through reduced municipal water needs for their clients.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is funding the grants to support its global priority areas
The Coca-Cola Foundation—the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Co.—awarded $26 million to 85 community organizations, including $9.7 million in grants for water stewardship, during the first quarter. The grants support the foundation's global priority areas.
The water stewardship grants will benefit:
Wingham, ON, and Stratford, PE, have been selected to participate in a rain barrel initiative later this year
Following the release of the first rain barrel study by Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Wingham, ON, the next participating town has been selected. Stratford, PE, with a population of 8,500, will begin the rain barrel initiative later this year.
The goal of the study is to measure how the collective use of rain barrels can help reduce stress on storm water and sewer systems and help keep basements dry during intense rainstorms.