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Affordability With Steel Tanks

30 degree roofSeattle based RainBank Rainwater Systems and Contain Water Systems Inc. have brought back affordability and expertise to the steel water tank market in the Seattle area. No matter if your project is commercial or residential, rainwater harvesting, or fire suppression, costs are always a concern for any project. Many dealers are third or even fourth party in steel water tank sales, of course each adding their markup.

As a Contain Systems, Inc. distributor, there is no middleman. We sell Contain Tanks to dealers and the public. We install what we sell. We don’t use subcontractors and we stand behind our product line. Contain Water Systems Inc. water tanks carry a 20 year warranty when installed by RainBank Rainwater Systems or a certified installer. 

RainBank’s president has more than 15 years experience in commercial and residential designs, installations, and sales of rainwater collection systems and is an ARCSA lifetime member,  ARCSA Northwest Regional Representative, ARCSA  Accredited Professional and an ARCSA Inspector Specialist. RainBank has put together an experienced team to provide customers with an integrated, progressive approach to sustainability, premium water systems. In-house engineering, licensed plumber, and experienced installers takes the guesswork out of a project for the architect, engineer, contractor and owner. 


DESIGNcomplete systems with performance specifications.

ENGINEERING & PERMITTING to meet all legal requirements from county and state agencies; cost effective, fast & hassle free.

INSTALLATION includes onsite management for installation of rainwater harvesting and storage systems.

CONSULTING is available throughout the US Including Hawaii, for all rainwater harvesting systems.

FEASIBILITY STUDY is the first step to take if you aren’t sure about whether or not a rainwater collection system is right for your project. Contact us for a quote.  

PACKAGING customized kits & blueprints for do-it-your-selfers, those in remote locations, tract housing developers and large companies.

PRODUCTS:  RainBank is a dealer for the following rainwater system tanks and components:

  • Contain steel water tanks (carrying a 20 year warranty)
  • WISY Products
  • Davey pumps
  • Premier Plastics water tanks
  • National water testing
  • GC Solenoid valves
  • Filter cartridge replacements
  • Tuffy screen basket liners

Contact RainBank about your project today.

Will Decentralized Water Systems Flow in the Wake of Flint Crisis?

Matt Grocoffwater-464953_640, a writer, speaker and recognized leader in net zero energy and living buildings asks: “What if there is a better way for Flint and other cities to harvest and deliver life-enhancing water?

We’ve talked about why decentralized water systems are important to our public safety and why rainwater collection is a simple source for decentralized water, and how it can be the answer to our aging, centralized water systems. With expected increased demand from high density development and the high cost of upgrading infrastructure to meet those demands, water is becoming a commodity.

In his February 15th post for Michigan Radio, Can Flint crisis inspire better water systems for all of us?, Grocoff goes on to say, “There is no doubt that Flint’s water crisis is an unqualified failure of democracy, but it is also a century-old failure of design and systems thinking.”

With a progressive train of thought, he asks, instead of replacing all of the pipes, how about building a better system? This practical approach has some of us scratching our heads because it makes perfect sense.

As science and technology evolve, we should adapt new practices for designing and building public water systems – for the sake of our health, longevity, sustainability and affordability.

Innovative Use of Water to Help Power Portland

Portland_and_Mt_HoodLights partly powered by drinking water?

As infrastructure ages, clever solutions are being invented to create sustainable energy systems. A new method adopted in Portland, OR captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects.

According to an article in Fast Company, small turbines in the pipes spin in the flowing water, sending that energy into a generator. The power is sent into the grid, and although it isn’t enough energy to run a city, the pipes could potentially power individual buildings like a library or school, or help offset an energy bill.  An interesting feature is that the system can generate electricity at any time of day, regardless of weather, since water is always flowing through the pipes.

Greater potential may be California, where a large chunk of energy usage goes into the water supply. With these pipes, utilities might generate some of their own much-needed power.

Click here to read the full article.

Portland and Mt. Hood from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository courtesy of Amateria1121