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Commercial Water Harvesting Trends and Insights from Leading System Provider Wahaso - Wahaso – Water Harvesting Solutions was founded in 2008, and is a leading design-build firm in the industry. The company focuses entirely on the designing and building of commercial water harvesting systems and has designed nearly 800 projects throughout the U.S. and Canada, with hundreds of installed and active “pipeline” projects in the works. Wahaso recently looked back on the 300 projects it has designed in the past two years to help bring light to the trends driving the industry. >> more
First Ever Performance-Based Comparative Water Use Rating Tool for Home Builders– The Green Builder® Coalition, in cooperation with Build Green New Mexico (BGNM), Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA), and members of the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee (SFWCC) has created water modeling software that generates a Water Efficiency Rating Score, or WERS. This first-ever industry tool provides a performance-based approach to home builders, while providing home owners a rating to compare water use. >> more
Big Grass Expands Decorative Ong™ - Big Grass, the largest provider of sustainable home and garden décor in Texas, has expanded its Ong™ jar rainwater harvesting collection to meet the growing demand for water conservation solutions and alternatives to conventional plastic and metal collection vessels. "Water harvested from rainfall or AC condensation conserves and replaces increasingly precious groundwater resources while easing demand on municipal storm water systems," said John Hanesworth, co-owner of Big Grass. "As regulations and incentives to conserve water increase, the public is seeking harvesting options that are both functional and aesthetically appealing." >> more
CFS’ Products Achieve NSF Certification -
HARTLAND, WI - Coating & Foam Solutions, a national supplier of roof coatings and spray foam insulation has announced the results of recent product testing by NSF International. The silicone roof coatings, in the CFS product line, Roof-Tek® Poly-Sil 2500 a high solids material, and the Roof-Tek Poly-Sil 2200 standard silicone, have both passed testing to achieve the NSF P-151 Standard. NSF P151 is an evaluation for the "Health Effects from Rainwater Catchment System Components." The testing procedure and Standard evaluates cured coatings and membranes for components or materials released from the test material during the weathering process.
"Achieving this standard is further proof of just how well our Poly-Sil product resist weathering, and how long the applications will last," states Tom Meyer, Technical Director, with Coating & Foam Solutions. "Not only is this important in the geography where rain water is collected, such as the Caribbean, but for all applications of our products. P151 Certification shows that no components are lost from the Poly-Sil product over time, and demonstrates the retention of physical properties during aging. All building owners can find comfort in knowing that this roofing system is not contributing any contamination or waste into the water, or run-off, from their roof." >> more
EnterpriseWorks Introduces Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Product - Projections show that by 2025, two thirds of the world’s population could be living in severe water stress conditions. The quest for water overtakes the lives of millions. In the developing world, on average, women walk six kilometers each day to collect water – a daily total of 200 million hours or 293 lifetimes. Given the growing scarcity of water, the USAID Water and Development Strategy promotes innovative water harvesting possibilities. EnterpriseWorks, a division of U.S. nonprofit Relief International, is introducing one such product, a device called bob® the rainwater bag. The bob® is a portable rainwater storage bag that enables the collection and use of rainwater at the household level. Domestic rainwater harvesting has been practiced for thousands of years but is under¬utilized because current water storage technologies are expensive and difficult to move. EnterpriseWorks developed and field-tested bob® to address these shortcomings. The rainwater bag costs less than half of what other domestic rainwater harvesting products cost and has a storage capacity of 1,400 liters, but comes in a compact 20-liter package. If successful, bob® has the potential to help millions of people in the developing world access safe water in their own homes and make the most of erratic rainfall. EnterpriseWorks is marketing bob® with wall paintings, radio and TV messages, posters, and billboards through a commercial pilot project in Uganda, where over 2,800 units have been sold. They are testing bob® in more than 10 countries with local partners and have plans to scale up if the Uganda pilot project proves successful. >> more
Watts Announces Lead Free Backflow Prevention Assemblies - Watts has announced two new Lead Free backflow prevention products: The LF919 Reduced Pressure Zone Assembly and the LF719 Double Check Valve Assembly. Both assemblies are designed to protect potable water supplies by preventing the reverse flow of contaminated water. Lead Free bronze body construction ensures compliance with the new national Lead Free law, which takes effect January 4, 2014. >> more
Rain Bird PSRPL
Rain Water Harvesting Pump Control - The Rain Bird® PSRPL Rain Water harvesting control monitors the balance of available water in a rainwater harvesting system against the water level needed to assure proper pump performance. Simple and efficient, the Rain Bird® PSRPL provides the pump control for rainwater harvesting, through the use of simple float controls, The Rain Bird® PSRPL synchronizes source water with pump requirements. If rainwater is available, the Rain Bird® PSRPL uses the stored water first, if no rainwater is available, the Rain Bird® PSRPL utilizes a domestic or alternate source to provide water to the pump during a run cycle. >> more
Truly “Smart” Irrigation Control is Now Available For All - The Solar Sync ET sensor is an advanced weather sensor that calculates evapotranspiration (ET) and adjusts Hunter controllers daily based on local weather conditions. Solar Sync measures sunlight and temperature, and uses ET to determine the correct seasonal adjustment percentage value to send to the controller. The controller then uses its programmed run time and adjusts to Solar Sync’s seasonal adjustment value to modify the actual irrigation run time for that day. In addition, the Solar Sync ET sensor integrates Hunter’s popular Rain-Clik™ and Freeze-Clik® sensors providing quick response in shutting down your irrigation system during rain and/or freezing conditions. The Solar Sync is compatible with most Hunter controllers and applicable to residences, businesses, and municipalities alike. >> more
RAINWATER WAREHOUSE LAUNCHES RAINWATER HARVESTING E-COMMERCE WEBSITE - Rainwater Warehouse has launched a new website offering a complete range of rainwater harvesting systems and products. According to Principal, Jack Burden, Rainwater Warehouse provides a complete range of residential & commercial rainwater harvesting products. The company offers packaged solutions directly to green build developers, builders and homeowners. They also provide commercial grade rainwater harvesting components to builders & owners of commercial properties.
The company offers complete rainwater harvesting systems and rainwater harvesting components with field tested dependability. These systems include the highest quality components, separating their systems from the likes of those you may find at a boxed retail location. “It is important that you pay close attention to the components that are included in any rainwater harvesting system. Many systems on the market today are made with low quality components; our systems are built to last,” Burden explained. >> more
Tuffy Basket Water Filters - The Tuffy Basket Water Filter is designed to fit in the mesh basket that sits in the standard 16" opening of most polyethylene water tanks. The filter is made from 40 micron foodsafe filtering cloth first developed for the dairy industry. The filter sits in the mesh basket and is held in place by the standard tank lid. Tests have shown that the Tuffy Basket Water Filter is effective at removing foreign material from rainwater right down to most pollens.
The Tuffy Basket Water Filter can be cleaned and re-used several times before replacement is necessary. Depending on local conditions, 3-4 filters per year should be sufficient. These filters retail for $11 per filter; $40 for a pack of 4 (plus shipping). Substantial discounts available for purchases of 25 or more. For more information or to order Tuffy Basket Water Filters email daveandvirginia @ gmail.com
BRAE Introduces Configurable Rainwater Harvesting Systems - Oakboro, NC- BRAE, a Watts Water Technologies company, introduces configurable Rainwater Harvesting Systems for commercial, institutional and residential applications that can reduce water consumption by up to 65%. BRAE's commercial and institutional systems offer storage capacities of 200 to over 2 million gallons, and manage the filtration, storage, distribution and treatment functions typical to rainwater systems. Above and below ground residential systems store between 225 and 3,000 gallons of rainwater to meet a range of consumer demands. BRAE specializes in helping customers interface rainwater systems with building management systems and developing tools to showcase their investment and enrich curricula in educational environments. >> more
Nu-Heat Launches Rainwater Harvesting - Underfloor and renewables specialist Nu-Heat has added a range of rainwater harvesting systems to its offer. Rainwater is collected from the roof via the downpipes, filtered, stored and then used for non-potable purposes including toilets, washing machines, garden hoses, for cleaning cars and other applications. It is not suitable for baths, showers or washing dishes.Nu-Heat supplies below-ground tanks, which have the advantage of being unaffected by temperature extremes such as summer heat or freezing conditions. The tanks have a flat, two cylinder design that requires less excavation than other products and offers greater flexibility. They are made of durable plastic. >> more
Innovative, Easy-to-Install Water Tank Level Gauge Now Available Worldwide - June 23, 2010 -The question “How much water do I have in my tank?” is one that many rainwater catchment system owners often ask themselves. Not knowing the answer to this basic question can result in not getting the most out of one’s water catchment system. At worst, it can result in running a pump dry, which can ruin an expensive system component. CisternGauges was invented to indicate water levels using a product that is easy to install, easy to read, and requires no batteries or electricity. It is a perfect complement to every water tank. >> more
Ace Roto-Mold Introduces New Low Profile Cistern Tanks - Ace Roto-Mold, a division of Den Hartog Industries, Inc., is excited to introduce our new Aquifer, Low Profile Cistern Tanks. This new family contains 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500 gallon low profile cistern tanks designed for below and above ground applications. The Aquifer Low Profile Cistern Tanks are designed to provide a safe and durable means of storage of potable and non-potable water. The Aquifer’s sectional ribbing design will sustain vertical soil pressures of up to 400 PSF. Tanks can be buried up to 28” deep and can be backfilled empty. Multiple fitting locations are provided to accommodate a variety of plumbing configurations. Aquifers are manufactured from FDA compliant resins and high-density polyethylene with U.V. inhibitors. >> more
Tuff Tech Bags Introduces New, Revolutionary Flexible Rain Barrel - March 2010 - New Product Perfect for Residential and Commercial Rainwater Harvesting. Tuff Tech Bags today announced the availability of Flexible Rain Barrels for rainwater and potable water storage. Previously manufactured for large dump trucks and semi-trailer trucks, these flexible and cost-effective bags are now sized for smaller storage capacities, widening the product’s applications to include residential and commercial rainwater and potable water storage. Tuff Tech Bags offer a revolutionary rainwater harvesting storage option that is lower in price, can be installed in almost any location, is great for areas prone to freezing, and can be folded up easily and stored when not in use. >> more
Enginuity, LLC. Secures $50K Grant from the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority and the Missouri Department of Economic Development - February 2010 Hartville, MO – Enginuity, LLC., an environmentally conscious engineering and custom manufacturing company and developers of RainReserve, a rain barrel rain diverter, today announced it received a $50,000 grant from the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA) and the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The funding will be used to advance research, planning and development of the company’s flagship product, RainReserve, a rain barrel rain diverter that is easy to install and maintain, and is adaptable to any 2"x3" or 3"x4" downspout. >> more
ADG GLOBAL SUPPLY – YOUR SOURCE FOR THE WATERBOY WIZARD - ADG Global Supply are excited to announce that they have recently become the exclusive distributors for the Waterboy Wizard enclosed bypass water system ("Waterboy Wizard"), a leading rainwater harvesting system in Australia. The innovate technology seen in the Waterboy Wizard means the system automatically switches from tank supply to mains supply if there is no water in the tank, a power failure occurs or the pump breaks down. This ensures a constant water supply for the home. There is also no requirement for a float and the whole system is easy to install (this must be done by a plumber). >> more
Rainwater Harvesting Systems for high water tables and shallow excavation areas - January, 2010 - The award winning "Supplier of the Year", WPL Limited, is one of the UK's leading suppliers of rainwater harvesting systems for domestic and commercial applications, offering a wide range of high quality tanks, pumps and filters. In particular the WPL RainRetain domestic range includes a specially designed system for high water tables and areas which require shallow excavation. The round, donut shape design is stable enough to be completely installed in groundwater or cohesive soil (e.g. loam) if required. >> more
UV Sciences Inc. “USING SCIENCE TO IMPROVE UV TECHNOLOGY” - November, 2009 - Ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically the 254 nm wavelength, is a powerful disinfectant. The advantage of
using UV for water treatment over other methods (specifically chemical) is that there is no residual
chemical or hazardous by-product at the end of the process. UV is a “natural” choice for disinfection
and purification of water. Ultraviolet Sciences Inc. (UVSI) has responded this question with the development of a water treatment
chamber that does NOT absorb UV light. >> more
RainHarvest Systems Hosts Rainwater-Palooza 2009 - August 31, 2009 - RainHarvest Systems has partnered with 5 Seasons Brewery to produce beer made entirely from on-site captured rainwater. RainHarvest Systems, an expert in rainwater catchment systems, and 5 Seasons Restaurant and Brewery, Atlanta’s premier micro brewery, both believe this to be the first micro brewed beer to be made entirely with rainwater in the United States. >> more
RainTube Wins Six International Green Building Industry Awards, Ranked World’s Greenest Product - February 23, 2009 - GLI Systems, Inc. of Jacksonville, Oregon, manufacturer of RainTube, has been awarded an unprecedented six 2008 Green Building Pages Benchmark Sustainability Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental and Social Sustainability. This is the third year in a row that RainTube has won the highest green product benchmark ranking. >> more
Leak Beeper - Detects leaks in toilets. The Leak Beeper's probe detects "Normal" and "Abnormal" water flows that come into the toilet's water tank via the refill tube. Upon installation, the toilet is flushed to let the Leak Beeper's probe know what "normal" water flow feels like. Any water flow that deviates from this "normal" flow is detected as an "abnormal" refill, indicating a potential leak.>> more
Rainwater Recovery Inc. harvesting system for Philadelphia GSA Complex to save over 200,000 gallons of drinking water - 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 >> more
InnoCentive and EnterpriseWorks/VITA Collaborate to Develop an Affordable Rain Water Storage System for Developing Nations - WASHINGTON, DC – November 6, 2008 – EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV), an international non-profit organization with a long and distinguished history of fostering economic growth and raising the standard of living for millions n the developing world, announced today a collaborative effort with InnoCentive, Inc., the global innovation marketplace, to solve an issue affecting affordable access to clean water in developing countries. EWV has posted a Challenge on InnoCentive’s web site seeking design ideas for a low-cost rain water storage system that can be installed in households. >> more
RainTube Wins Innovation Award from Urban Re:Vision—will be designed into prototype sustainable urban space - Jacksonville, OR, November 4, 2008: GLI Systems Inc. of Jacksonville, Oregon, manufacturer of RainTube hyper-green rain water control products, received a Notable Entry Award in one of eight categories of the Urban Re:Visions--Re:Construct competition. The Award was announced at West Coast Green a green building conference held in San Jose, CA on September 25, 2008. >> more
AQUASCAPE, INC. LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY RAINXCHANGE™ SYSTEM - St. Charles, IL , October 23, 2008: Aquascape, Inc. is proud to announce the official launch of its RainXchange™ System for capturing, filtering, and re-using rainwater. The RainXchange™ System combines a recirculating decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvest storage system. When used in conjunction with Aquascape’s AquaBlox® Matrix®, the RainXchange™ System can earn up to 12 LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credit points, making it an ideal residential and commercial application for managing stormwater in green building projects. >>more
2008 AWARD WINNERS NAMED FOR LEADERS IN RAINWATER CATCHMENT (10/08) --AUSTIN, TX — The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), a non-profit organization with more than 500 members across the nation, has named five winners of the first annual “Recognition of Excellence Awards.” ARCSA president Tim Pope said, “These award winners reflect the enthusiasm we see for rainwater harvesting across the county. More and more cities, schools, businesses, and homeowners are embracing rainwater catchment because it’s easy, affordable, and recognized by most green building programs as a logical way to conserve water.”>> more
RainTube and Rainwater H2OG form alliance to market innovative Rainwater Rescue solutions (9/08) --Jacksonville, OR, September 16, 2008: GLI Systems Inc. of Jacksonville, Oregon, manufacturer of the award winning, Cradle to Cradle certified RainTube Gutter Protection System, and Rainwater HOG LLC of Corte Madera, California, pioneers of innovative architecturally designed modular rainwater storage products, have agreed to jointly promote and market their products. Used together the products collect, filter and store rainwater effectively while imparting a building with the highest LEED credentials courtesy of innovative design and use of materials.>> more
RainHarvest Systems’ New Device Keeps Cisterns from Running Dry (8/08) --Cisterns exist to fulfill the need for water when the rains are sporadic or insufficient. While they reflect good planning, they are limited by their own capacities: they can’t get a garden through a dry spell unless they were already filled with rain. Until now. The RainAid Tank Top-Up Valve ensures that cisterns never run dry.>> more
RainTube - It doesn’t get any better than this (8/08) --RainTube is the complete combination of as-advertised, as-hoped-for solutions with the added benefits that one wants: it works with any roof/gutter system, is made from 100% recycled and recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE: #2 plastic milk jugs, for example), and comes with a lifetime warranty that is transferable when you sell your house.>> more
RainTube Achieves Gold Level Cradle-To-Cradle Certification From MBDC (7/08) -- GLI Systems Inc. of Jacksonville, Oregon, manufacturer of the RainTube Rain Control System, has achieved a rare Gold Tier Cradle-To-Cradle Certification from MBDC. Cradle to Cradle is THE most important measurement standard for hyper-green products and companies. >> more
RainReserve(5/08) - The innovative, simple-to-install RainReserve greatly eases the use of rain barrels for rainwater collection. It simply attaches to your downspout and diverts rainwater from your gutter system into the rain barrel while allowing leaves and other large debris to pass through the diverter and out the downspout. Read a complete product review. Picture of RainReserve in action.
Rainwater Hog is Local(4/08) - Rainwater Hog announces first office in North America in Corte Madera, about 30 minutes north of San Francisco. One Rainwater Hog holds 47 gallons can be used linked together either vertically or horizontally. Full press release.
Rainwater Pillow (4/08) - Innovative product is specifically designed to take advantage of Georgia’s short, heavy downpours and provide ample water for flowers, gardens, and other watering needs.