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Rain Harvesting in National Spotlight

waterfall-329155_1280The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ARCSA, is a driving force in placing rain harvesting in the national spotlight by petitioning President Obama’s administration to focus on the broad economic value of supporting and encouraging growth in the rainwater harvesting industry.

According to ARCSA’s petition, rain harvesting is not just a sustainable source of water, the rainwater harvesting  industry is building infrastructure “creating new jobs in design, installation, education, R&D, sales, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, monitoring and maintenance, which could propel the U.S. to international leadership, with compounding fiscal benefits.”

The petition has been submitted and is seeking 100,000 signatures in order to qualify for an official response.  Please click here to read more and to sign the petition.

Will President Obama Support Rainwater Harvesting Petition?

water droplets on leavesOn November 17, at its national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, ARCSA (the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) will launch a petition as an appeal to President Obama, in support of rainwater harvesting. After the initial launch, an email link will be distributed to supporters who want to sign the petition. The original petition email link will be launched via ARCSA’s newsletter, click here to subscribe.  After the petition reaches 150 names, it will be accessible on the Whitehouse.gov “We the People” website.

Once launched, 100,000 names must be collected within 30 days, (December 16, 2014). When the goal is reached, the petition in support of rainwater harvesting will be placed in line for an official response from President Obama.

The petition language is straightforward and concise:


…to stimulate the emerging rainwater-harvesting industry through legislation or executive order, creating new jobs in design, installation, education, R&D, sales, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, monitoring and maintenance, which could propel the U.S. to international leadership, with compounding fiscal benefits.

The many justifications include:

  • Worldwide demand for clean water exceeds supply.
  • Rainwater can help fill the gap and reduce stormwater pollution.
  • One inch of rain is over 600 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. of roof.
  • Rainwater is a valuable resource that reduces demand on water infrastructure.
  • A new national standard, ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63 details safe design & installation.
  • Treated rainwater can easily surpass EPA standards.

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SIGN THE PETITION NOW (Please note: signing the petition is a 2 step process.  After you sign, you will be asked to reply to an email to verify your signature.)

Will President Obama Issue a Rainwater Collection Proclamation?

Will President Obama Issue a Rainwater Collection ProclamationThe American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA.org), a  non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate on sustainable rainwater collection practices, has asked President Obama to issue a proclamation, as well as to support enabling legislation, which would embrace rainwater collection as a solution toward national economic and resource challenges.

The rainwater collection industry, according to ARCSA President David Crawford, can foster job creation in areas associated with design, installation, education, research and development, component and consumable sales, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, guttering and maintenance of rainwater collection systems – the result of which would bring nationwide economic benefits.

Regional water shortages, reduction of demand on aging infrastructure, ease of treatment to high standards, security of decentralized water systems and the superiority of rainwater to nourish plants and animals are just some of the underlying reasons for this request.

Do you think President Obama will support the rainwater collection industry?  Leave a comment below.