• 05 Oct 2009 /  Rainwater Uses

    Written by Becky Striepe

    Rainharvest Systems and Five Seasons Brewing teamed up to create a microbrew made from 100% on-site captured rainwater!


    Source: September 21st, 2009, EcoLocalizer.com in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 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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  • 17 Sep 2009 /  Global Issues

    Source: Wikipedia
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    This subterranean structure’s name derives from a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica, beneath which it was constructed. According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine constructed a structure which was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532. It provided water for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

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  • 17 Sep 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Post by Dr. Peter Gleick
    President, Pacific Institute

    >> Click here to view the original article and full story << California is in the midst of an ugly debate about water--uglier than normal--because of a confluence of events, including a "hydrologic" drought caused by nature, a longer-term trend to restore some water back to failing ecosystems, and the gross mismanagement of the state's water, which has been going on for a century, but is affecting us now more than ever. But despite all of the rhetoric, news stories, name-calling, yelling, and screaming, Californians have very little clue about what a real water crisis looks like. It looks like what's happening in Australia. Today's Water Number: Water Number: 18,000 tons of rice. That is the total rice production from all of Australia last year, compared to the long-term average from 1970 of over 720,000 tons, and the high (in 2000) of over 1.6 million tons. Effectively, Australian rice production has dropped to zero because there is not enough water. And that is only one measure of the severity of their water crisis. Read more…

  • 17 Sep 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    By Betsy Loeff
    Utilimetrics News Contributing Writer

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    Into each life a little rain must fall. But, if you live in Colorado, don’t try capturing it in rain barrels so that you can use it in your garden later. That’s illegal in this Western state. The same goes for Utah. However, legislators are trying to change rainwater-harvesting prohibitions.

    Hands Off! It’s Mine!
    Water rights in the United States generally fall within two camps. Riparian rights are common in the Eastern U.S., and they specify that if landowners own property adjacent to a water source, those people have the right to make use of the water. If there is not enough water for all users to get their fill, allotments follow a percentage that reflects the amount of land fronting the water.

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    The Wake County Planning Board voted unanimously on March 18, 2009, to recommend approval of the refinement of the proposed Little River Reservoir water supply watershed activity centers as follows:

    1. Proposed changes to activity center #3 as shown on map titled: Recommended Neighborhood Activity Center Fowler Rd/Hopkins Chapel Rd Option #1
    2. Proposal to eliminate activity center #4 (Mitchell Mill Rd/NC 96)

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  • Critical and Non-Critical Areas Little River Water Supply Watershed
    Critical and Non-Critical Areas Little River Water Supply Watershed

    Posted: Nov 15, 2007
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    Wendell, N.C. — A proposed reservoir in northeast Wake County would increase Raleigh’s water supply, but critics say the reservoir would threaten property values and future development.

    The Little River Workgroup held a series of public meetings on a draft agreement that would restrict development near the site to protect the water supply from pollutants.

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  • 28 Aug 2009 /  Water Issues - United States

    Associated Press Writer

    Posted: Jul. 5, 2009

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Long dependent on wellwater and supplies sent hundreds of miles by canal from the Colorado River, this desert city will soon harvest some of its 12 inches of annual rainfall to help bolster its water resources.

    Under the nation’s first municipal rainwater harvesting ordinance for commercial projects, Tucson developers building new business, corporate or commercial structures will have to supply half of the water needed for landscaping from harvested rainwater starting next year.

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