Rainwater harvesting has been practiced for thousands of years. Early systems were often the only way to ensure a supply of fresh water when the well went dry. Eventually, municipal systems replaced home wells and cisterns, but that does not mean the practice is lost. In fact, municipalities realize now that they need alternate strategies for conserving the public water supply. So, they are raising rates, requiring water-efficient fixtures, and encouraging systems that reuse water sources available on-site – like rainwater, greywater and condensate. To get started, commercial facilities will need to find a supplier-partner who specializes in these systems and can provide the required analysis, system design and delivery. Here are tips to make that easier:
- Know your options – Look up service providers and narrow down the selection to only those that are proven for the quality of their rainwater harvesting systems and services. Determine their approach to what they do, too. Some companies use a holistic approach in building and designing systems. This means they try to integrate different sources of renewable water with multiple uses of water that has been treated to deliver maximum savings to you.
- Choose experienced providers – Make sure that the rainwater harvesting system installation provider has extensive experience and skills in what they do. They should be competent in designing systems, controls, and filtration systems, with focus on institutional and commercial needs. And they should be passionate about water conservation, too. You want to ensure that they keep your best interests in mind when customizing and planning your water harvesting solution.
- Verify their credentials – Choose a service provider that is part of the US Green Building Council. They should have a proven background in helping their clients achieve their LEED certification through their rainwater harvesting system installations.
- Find out what makes up their system – It should meet rigorous regulatory and building requirements and come complete with not only the equipment, but the support needed to correctly install and commission the system to make sure it works properly. Their price should include complete O&M manuals and in-site training of your staff. Finally, they should have the field support needed to help maintain and repair your system when needed.
- Read feedback – Find out what their customers are saying about their rainwater harvesting system installation – is the system working well? Was the design and delivery process smooth? Would they recommend the company?