• On October 5, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order from President Obama which establishes the Federal Government as a leader in adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The order addresses issues such as energy usage and green house gas emissions to strategies to improve water efficiency and management.
    Some of the highlights of the water policy: (Section 2(d))
    – reducing potable water consumption by 26 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – reducing agency industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water consumption by 20 percent by the end of fiscal year 2020
    – identify, promote and implement water reuse strategies that reduce potable water consumption
    – Stormwater guidance for Federal Facilities

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    Source: October 5, 2009 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

  • Have you ever wondered what is the difference between rainwater and stormwater? What about the differences between potable water, grey water and black water.

    Rainwater is drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds. Stormwater is that portion of rainfall that does not infiltrate into the soil and runs off roofs, roads and other impermeable surfaces where it flows into gutters, drains, rivers and creeks.

    Potable water is water that is of sufficiently high quality so that it can be consumed or used without risk of immediate or long term harm. Potable water often has to meet government regulations in relation to contaminant levels and is physically and chemically treated to achieve these standards. Grey water is non-industrial wastewater generated from domestic processes such as dish washing, laundry and bathing. Blackwater is wastewater which is loaded with biological material such as faeces and urine. Blackwater can also be referred to as sewage or brown water.

    Source: Atlantis Corporation Australia

  • “Water to cost more in Raleigh”
    By SARAH OVASKA

    Water bills are going up. Again.

    The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved a 13 percent rate increase for Raleigh and Garner water customers. The increase, effective Dec. 1, takes the place of a tiered system of billing that would also have raised rates but rewarded residential consumers who use less than the average amount of water.

    The city delayed implementing the tiered system until next summer because of problems converting the old computer system to the new scheme, said Gail Roper, the city’s chief information officer. It was supposed to be running Dec. 1.

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    Using a FreeRain System in your home or business will reduce water bills by using rainwater for toilet flushing, irrigation and other non-potable usages. As populations increase along with the demand for water municipalities will have no choice but to charge more and more for this valuable resource.

    Source: The News and Observer
    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

  • RALEIGH, N.C. — Worry over drought conditions are once again on the radar. While Falls Lake is at 250.9 feet, which is 7 inches below full, Raleigh’s main water source remains a concern.

    The use of rainwater in homes could conserve millions of gallons of water and cut water bills.

    Some companies, like Cary-based FreeRain, are taking advantage of the reuse rain water push. The company installs storage systems, with drains and filters, which can harvest rainwater for indoor non-potable uses.

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    Source: WRAL.com July 10, 2009

  • Press Contact: Rex Bost

    Cary, N.C. – FreeRain, makers of rain harvesting systems, has announced that Founder and Managing Partner Rex Bost was tapped to join the NC Building Code Counsel’s Ad-hoc committee to help write a rainwater code to separate its use from the more restrictive grey water code. With the help of his input, the new rainwater code passed final vote on March 10, 2009 and should be implemented by Summer of 2009, allowing home owners to use captured rainwater for toilet flushing.

    In the fall of 2007, Bost submitted technical data to the NC Building Code Counsel supporting the idea of using harvested rainwater for indoor non-potable uses. The data was based on studies researched in Australia, Germany, Oregon, and Texas that suggested collected rainwater would be safe for flushing toilets and washing machines.

    Bost is a well-known luxury home builder who has been designing and building custom homes in North Carolina since 1986. He has been active in legislative involvement and leadership at local and state levels. His interest in green building and use of environmentally sustainable building resources led him to develop the FreeRain rainwater harvesting solution.

    The FreeRain rainwater harvesting solution was developed using water conservation technology that benefits municipalities, the building industry and homeowners. By collecting rainwater runoff from surfaces and storing it in an underground cistern water tank, the water can be reused after filtration. With the new rainwater code passed, homeowners will soon be able to use FreeRain to bring captured rainwater back into their homes for toilet flushing, saving thousands of gallons of water, energy, and money.

    About FreeRain
    FreeRain rainwater harvesting systems work by collecting rain from surfaces such as pavement, lawn and roof and then storing the collected rainwater in an underground cistern water tank for later use. A series of filters and pumps allows the water to be reused. A variety of tank sizes and types are available to meet home or business needs. The installed water system comes complete with an underground cistern, pumps, switches, filters and equipment covers. For more information on the FreeRain Harvesting System, go to www.FreeRain.com, or call 919-460-1180.

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    In May 2008 the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners agreed to prohibit the issuance of new permits for the construction of manual or automatic in-ground irrigation systems within the Town of Wake Forest.

    The ban applies to all manual or automatic in-ground irrigation systems proposed to be connected to the City of Raleigh’s public potable water system.

    Article I, Section 8-67 of the Town of Wake Forest Code of Ordinances:

    No new permits, plumbing or otherwise, shall be issued for the construction of a manual or automatic in-ground irrigation system which is proposed to be connected to the City of Raleigh’s public potable water supply within the Utility Service District of the Town of Wake Forest.

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    Raleigh, N.C. — Thirteen companies have won inaugural grants of up to $100,000 from the North Carolina Green Business Fund.

    The fund, which was created by state lawmakers last year, is designed to help small businesses with fewer than 100 employees develop and market promising green and alternative energy technologies.

    “We have all the right assets to be a leader in going green in North Carolina – great agricultural diversity, a booming biotech sector, and world-class entrepreneurs and researchers,” Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, who proposed the fund, said in a statement. “This fund will jump start efforts to build a green economy that’s good for business and the environment.”