All posts by Ken Blair

A rainwater collection systems designer and consultant, Ken has designed and installed residential and commercial systems, primarily in the northwest United States for more than 10 years and, in 2014, began consulting and managing builds in other states. Ken is an accredited ARCSA Professional Designer / Installer and Life Member, the Northwest Regional ARCSA representative and advisor to its education committee and is available to speak about Rainwater Collection Systems design and builds. Ken is a United States Navy veteran, having served on active duty during the Vietnam War era. He attained the rate of E-4 Machinist Mate. A career entrepreneur, Ken created a new business focus with a commercial dive company in Hawaii in the mid 1980′s to respond to and clean up oil spills, oil spill equipment training, service and maintenance for the oil co-op service industry. Ken is passionate about having a positive impact on the environment and is also a founding director of BANK-ON-RAIN (2011-2014), whose mission is to create grassroots solutions for rainwater collection for consumption and agriculture in developing areas of the planet.

Rainwater Collection and Developing Countries

Along with advancing rainwater collection in the United States, RainBank is also instrumental in promoting rainwater collection in developing countries.

In July 2013, RainBank and Bank on Rain, a non-profit organization providing solutions to developing countries for clean drinking water, flew a team to Sierra Leone, Africa to assist with providing clean drinking water and sanitation education to school children.

Here’s an update from Ken in 2013:

Rainwater Collection in Developing Countries

 “Well it looks like the Sierra Leone crew has been busy. They have made all the blocks for their new water tank and for another tank that we will build in Allentown for another school. This crew has started a business with our block press and is now making a little money. We will use this crew to teach the Allentown school and if they want to start a small business as well, we will purchase a press for them. So not only are we providing a safe water source, we have started to help young entrepreneurs. VERY SATISFYING!! Sounds like we will head over there in about 2 – 3 weeks. Looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues again in Sierra Leone Africa.”

RainBank believes it’s not only important to design and build the best available rainwater systems, but we believe it is vital to share our knowledge because safe drinking water is a right, not a privilege.

 

Water Storage Systems for Fire Suppression and More

Since early 2016, when RainBank launched its distributorship and  relationship with Contain Water Systems, we had high hopes for properly serving the steel water tank market for water storage systems used in fire suppression, detention / infiltration, irrigation, stormwater management, rainwater collection and yes, even potable drinking water.

In this time, both commercial and residential customers have come to expect quality products as well as knowledgeable staff provided by RainBank and CWS.

Contain’s highly trained expert staff and leadership have exceeded our expectations in workmanship and knowledge, with exceptional and courteous customer service. 

For more information about Contain Water Systems, please view the video below. They truly live by their motto: “Building relationships strong as steel”.

Contain designs liquid storage solutions, handcrafted from start to finish.

For more information about steel water tanks and to request a quote, don’t hesitate to contact us at RainBank Rainwater Systems.

Storming Weather Challenges – ARCSA Conference

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) is co-locating its 2018 Annual Conference with the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2018 Convention & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

ARCA’s conference will take place on September 29 and 30 and will feature a full line-up of expert presentations on innovative water management topics,  with the Expo scheduled for October 1 and 2. Those who register for the ARCSA Conference will also receive free entrance to the Expo

Click here for registration details and options.

ARCSA was originally the Texas Rainwater Catchment Association (TRCA), a Texas 501c6 nonprofit formed by ARCSA members to conduct legislative lobbying in Texas. TRCA was reformed as ARCSA (a 501c6) and members were moved from the original ARCSA (501c3 association, now known as ARCSA Foundation) to the ARCSA (501c6, now known as ARCSA).

ARCSA’s Mission Statement

To provide resources and information on rainwater and stormwater collection to promote the advancement of rainwater conservation and to work with government at all levels in promoting rainwater and stormwater management.

Ken Blair, RainBank’s principal and founder, has designed and installed residential and commercial systems in the northwest United States for more than 10 years. Additionally, he is an ARCSA Certified designer, installer and Life Member.