Jun 19, 2012

Pentair, Watertronics Team Up to Create Awareness for Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting and Reuse

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.

In support of this initiative, a new content-rich website has been launched that includes case studies, white papers, video content and more. Featuring Watertronic's advanced SkyHarvester Water Conservation Systems, the new website provides useful information on single-source solutions for every step of the water management cycle, from system design and manufacturing to installation supervision and long-term support.

A case study featured on the website details the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee project developed by Watertronics engineers in 2010 to reduce a residence hall's municipal water usage for irrigation by nearly 100%. "The custom SkyHarvester system we installed collects 11,000 gal of water on a single 1-in. rain event, supplying two weeks of irrigation and reducing potable water consumption," said Ken Sieth, director of engineering for Watertronics.

Pentair's interest in water conservation goes beyond being a major component supplier, demonstrating its commitment to long-term sustainable water conservation in its home state of Minnesota. As a one of the highest-profile sustainable water solutions in sports, Pentair partnered with the Major League Baseball team the Minnesota Twins in 2010 to develop and install the ballpark's innovative Rain Water Recycle System (RWRS). The RWRS captures, conserves and reuses rainwater for irrigating the playing field and washing down the stadium seats, thereby reducing the ballpark's need for municipal water by more than 50%. This effort helped the ballpark to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and saves more than 2 million gal of water annually.

"Water scarcity is a fact we all face in the 21st century, and as the building market regains its footing over the next several years, we feel it is our corporate responsibility to sponsor and support building initiatives that are rooted foundationally in sustainable design. Collaboration with like-minded companies like Watertronics will enable us to play a vital role in advancing the building industry toward an environmentally healthy future," said Michael Betker, vertical marketing manager for Pentair.