Water Harvesting Solutions is happy to share these links and other resources that visitors may find helpful as they learn more about water harvesting.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is an association dedicated to bringing practical green roof solutions to our cities. It was organized in 1999 to focus on the benefits of green roofs and barriers to industry development. GreenRoofs.org. Here is another article on green roofs.
Sustainable Irrigation Designs:
Our partner in designing irrigation systems using harvested water from our systems is Landtech. Landtech provides consulting services for irrigation systems that can deliver truly sustainable irrigation using harvested water. LandtechDesign.com
Learn about this passive approach to reducing rainwater run-off from parking lots while helping to recharge aquifers. PerviousPavement.org
World Water Shortage:
We support Water.Org as an international non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to all people in the world. We encourage you to support them as well. Water.org
Low Impact Living:
LILI is a non-profit organisation promoting practical ways you can reduce your impact on the environment, learn new skills, save money and have fun. LowImpact.org
The online rainwater harvesting community, dedicated to the advancement of sustainable water management practices for individuals, families, communities, and businesses. HarvestH2O.com
There are an increasing number or resources to help fund projects that reduce water use or help to resolve stormwater issues in watershed areas. This link may be helpful to you: EPA Fundraising Alternative Tool
NYC Grant Program:
New York City recently renewed it’s Green Initiatives Grant Program with $4 million available for harvesting systems that reduce stormwater runoff. NYC Grant Program
Illinois Grant Program:
Illinois offers a similar Green Infratstructure Grant program to support initiatives that include rainwater harvesting. This year’s funding is for $2 million. Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant Program
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RESOURCE LINKS FOR HOMEOWNERS
Water Harvesting Solutions only provides services for commercial and institutional buildings. Homeowners interested in harvesting rainwater or greywater are encouraged to review the following links:
Residential Rainwater Harvesting
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is the official rainwater harvesting association. Their website offers resources for homeowners and has lists of suppliers for small systems. http://www.arcsa.org/
The two most popular books on rainwater harvesting are from Brad Lancaster. Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 & 2, show you how to turn water scarcity into water abundance by creating an integrated, multifunctional water-harvesting plan specific to your site. Volume one covers Guiding Principles and Volume 2 focuses on Water-Harvesting Earthworks. Visit Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.
Georgia also recently published guidelines for rainwater harvesting. Georgia Rainwater Harvesting Guide.
Residential Greywater Harvesting
Greywater (gray water) Reuse: Recent legislation in California has changed building codes so that homeowners can capture greywater from washing machines and apply it directly to subsurface irrigation without treatment. Simple systems can be built by homeowners and installed without permits. This is a great starting point to begin to shift the reuse of water in California. If you wish to use shower and sink water for irrigation, you will need a permit. Please check your local municipality for restrictions and guidelines in your are.
For more information on subsurface irrigation, you can download an instructional document from Greywater Action or visit GreywaterAction.Org. Oasis Design, http://www.oasisdesign.net, offers a wide range of books and references on greywater, rainwater and other sustainable practices.