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Rainwater Recovery Inc. harvesting system for Philadelphia GSA Complex to save over 200,000 gallons of drinking water annually

Waltham, MA – November 15, 2008 – The W.J. Green Federal Complex-GSA Building needs up to 4000 gallons of water a day in the heat of the summer to keep the judges, lawyers, and administrators cool. Rainwater Recovery has designed an innovative water harvesting system that, when implemented, will offset the use of expensive and increasingly scarce drinking-quality water with free rainwater.

The Complex, which includes the 16-story Federal Courthouse and an 11-story office building, has a huge water demand. Rainwater Recovery’s plan calls for a 20,000 gallon cistern to be built into the underground parking garage. “This is a prime example of a case where roof water is captured and reused for building systems that use an enormous amount of domestic water,” says Philip Reidy, principal at Rainwater Recovery. “It reflects a very strong commitment by the GSA and other governmental agencies to show leadership by incorporating sustainable design features in their new and existing facilities.” Construction of the new system is slated for completion in 2009.

The prime contractor on the project was Roofing Resources, Inc., a total roof project management service. Their expertise is in investigative technology, site management, and choosing quality contractors—like Rainwater Recovery.
Rainwater Recovery Inc. is a full-service engineering firm which provides innovate, cost-effective solutions to site and water supply management challenges. The company works with developers and design professionals in commercial, industrial and government building design to meet low-impact and sustainable development goals and requirements through application of progressive design and engineering services.

For more information

CONTACT:
Philip Reidy
Rainwater Recovery Inc.
241 Crescent Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: (781) 647-9500
Email: preidy at rainwaterrecovery.com
Website: www.rainwaterrecovery.com

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