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Rainwater harvesting is an arrow I've added to my quiver of sustainable systems solutions. It's an eco logical strategy who's time has come with diminishing amounts of drinking water across the globe. It's sure to be an issue locally as Atlanta's population continues to grow.

Other reasons rainwater harvesting is catching on:

  • Savings on utility bills
  • Reduction of non point source pollution
  • Reduced reliance on our aging water infrastructure
  • Energy conservation

I've been partnering a lot with Mark Brown of Rain Catchers. His company installed the rainwater harvesting system for LEEDing Edge and will install a system for Lake Claire LEED. These are two LEED Platinum properties I've been involved with that are at the forefront of residential rainwater practices.

Last week we paid a visit to the Lincoln Mills ecovillage project over in Huntsville, AL. Their master plan calls for organic farming on a downtown 7 acre lot. The property has acres of rooftop so harvesting large amounts of rainwater is possible. [For a 1" rain event you can collect about 550 gallons per 1000 square feet of surface area]. This is a great strategy for crop irrigation. Rainwater is superior to city water because rainwater is more oxygenated and is free of chemicals like chlorine and heavy metals found in municipal water.

We're also consulting with a micro-brewery, a retail garden center, and a homeowner who wants to do a pool-to-cistern conversion.

Although rainwater harvesting is a fairly simple technology, the strength or weakness of a system comes down to the filter. This is where Rain Catchers excels. They are the area's exclusive distributor of WISY filters. These German-made filters have been developed over years of applications abroad. The simple but effective technology uses surface tension to separate the debris from the water. This results in a filter that only has to be cleaned a couple times a year, versus after virtually every rain event with other filters that strain water and trap the debris.

It works like magic, as you can see in this video:

Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 05:01PM by Registered CommenterBurke Sisco in | Comments2 Comments

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Reader Comments (2)

Thanks for youe nice video. I have really enjoyed it. The video says it can work is magic.
April 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdenver real estate
I could use these guys. We've got a big run off problem in our yard and the developers might consider their product to help eleviate some of it.
May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranthony

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