Supertank Rainwater Storage Chosen for “Greening of Virginia’s Capitol”
The captured water will be used for irrigation as well as supplying water for a fountain
Water Reclamation Solutions LLC of Blacksburg, Va., has been chosen to supply the rainwater storage tank for the “Greening of Virginia’s Capitol” by the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS).
The captured water will be used to supply irrigation for the Capitol Square Green Renovation project as well as supplying water for the existing Bell Tower fountain. This “SuperTank” will be an 8,000-gal subsurface cistern designed to collect water from the Capitol Square surface runoff and underdrain flow from the newly installed rain gardens.
The primary goals of the Greening of Virginia’s Capitol project are to implement a variety of innovative storm water management approaches in a high-profile urban environment. In addition to DGS, Rainwater Management Solutions of Salem, Va.; Civil and Environmental Services of Nellysford, Va.; Bioform Landscape and Environmental Design; the Virginia Department. of Conservation and Recreation; and the city of Richmond are all participating in the integrated design process. Project funding is provided under a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant.
The project has been selected by the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) as a pilot project. The SITES program is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices, according to the Sustainable Sites Initiative website.
The SuperTank is the brainchild of Ed LoBello. LoBello, a Virginia Tech graduate and owner of Water Reclamation Solutions, designed the cistern to achieve 100-year durability and to make rainwater harvesting technology more accessible to the industry.
The SuperTank is manufactured in Virginia, contains a minimum of 31% post-industrial and postconsumer recycled content and is listed in the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for government purchasing of green products.