• Rainwater harvesting captures water that would become stormwater and places it into large tanks under the ground where it is later pumped out for irrigation, toilet flushing, cooling-tower make-up and other non-potable water needs. The NC DWQ recognizes the value of rain harvesting for water quality and gives permit applicants valuable credits.

    An article in today’s News and Observer states the estimated clean up cost of pollution in Falls Lake is $1.5 billion dollars. The article implies this pollution occurs because “sediment-laden stormwater runs off pavement in the urban core into streams, creeks and rivers that feed the lake.”

    Encourage your business owners and community leaders to pursue rain water harvesting for the benefit of water quality in our watershed!

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    Source: News and Observer, June 10, 2010