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. 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.

Potable Residential Rainwater Use is On the Rise

Popotable residential rainwater collectiontable residential use of collected rainwater is on the rise since the statewide water rights laws were challenged in 2006 by the Washington Department of Ecology, allowing the entire state of Washington to collect and use rainwater for non-potable (non-drinking) use. San Juan County had been awarded an exemption to the 1800’s water rights laws and was already issuing  residential building permits with rainwater collection as the only source of water. RainBank’s president, Ken Blair, was personally awarded a building permit in 2002 for his “water availability” being the only source of water for his household. It was not the first, but was certainly at the forefront of rainwater collection’s progression and, throughout the years, RainBank, has continued with that effort.

For close to 20 years, RainBank has shared its deep rainwater collection knowledge, working with many counties as they move toward increased adoption of potable residential rainwater collection systems for single family residences, and remains committed to providing quality engineered designs, professionally installed.

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Covid-19 Response

RainBank would like to extend our gratitude to essential workers on the front line in this Covid-19 health crisis. Healthcare professionals, first responders, law enforcement, and military personnel once again are being asked to act during tough times. Truck drivers, shippers, food suppliers, pharmacies all working to keep the essentials available. Teachers and professors are remotely providing the flow of education for our students. Power and water supply workers keeping the lights on and water at our faucets and, finally our citizenry practicing precautionary measures to help slow down the spread of outbreak of Covid-19.

RainBank Rainwater Systems has taken precautionary steps to ensure the safety and health of our employees and customers while maintaining a level of service that is responsible for the health of all. We have educated our employees on proper cleaning and distancing protocols per CDC guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus and have stressed the importance of communication with regard to the onset of any possible symptoms.

RainBank has taken steps to limit travel and job site visits on a case-by-case basis for now, in order to ensure safety measures are in effect for the safety of our employees and our customers.

RainBank’s Engineering and Design team is continuing with system designs for projects underway, as well as new customer inquiries of new or future projects. We are available for support, to answer questions, and provide quality engineered systems for your water project and will be there when it is time to install.   

We are committed to serving our customers and partners during this trying time.

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.