Harvesting Rainwater – Government needs to get out of the way

June 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

It is rapidly becoming apparent to me that the ability to harvest rainwater is something that is going to get done and the longer the various government agencies take to fix the rules surrounding it the more outcry there is going to be.

There of course have been the recent stories about the fight in Colorado ( Denver’s Channel 4: http://mx.truveo.com/rainwater-harvesting-stirs-up-controversy/id/2830930077) including good presentation by various new organizations.  Of course this all has to do with the very complex subject of water rights and who actually owns those rights.  You guessed it the property owner often doesn’t.

However there continues to be advancements in the technology and some of it is pretty exciting.  The first I would like to share is in Texas where a school district has installed a system of harvesting rainwater that could potentially provide enough to cover an entire high school’s yearly water need with less than average rainfall! ( http://www.boernestar.com/articles/2009/01/21/news/doc4974fedf931a4011827393.txt) However the current legislation issues prevent them from using half of it to take care of such items as flushing toilets or being used in cooling towers.

The other is a new product that will allow for the comprehensive handling of storm water runoff in urban areas.  The Hydro Stormbloc Modules (http://cleantechnica.com/2009/06/08/hydro-stormbloc-modules-look-like-milk-crates-act-like-sponges/) are pretty simple in design but could represent the silver bullet for some cities problems.

Excerpt: “Hydro International is among a number of companies that have developed modular underground stormwater management systems to reduce local flooding, and to harvest rainwater.  They’re ideal for urban areas, where large unpaved surfaces for natural storm water drainage are in short supply.  The underground chambers are positioned to capture excess rainwater or snow melt, from parking lots for example.  Once the storm subsides, the excess flow can drain from the chamber into the soil.  It can also be piped elsewhere for use in buildings or outdoor areas.  Modular design makes these systems relatively easy and inexpensive to install, and it also lends them to scalability and customization.  Even better, a pre-treatment module can be included, to prevent pollutants in the runoff from making their way into the soil.

I hope that as the technology continues to advance our government starts to catch up or at least creatively gets out of the way. Living in Southern California and facing possible water rationing in many areas this summer gives you a real sharp perspective on how important this issue is.

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