Rainwater Harvesting and Management: Gutters, Gardens, Rooftops, Taps

Description:'From Gutter to Garden, From Rooftop to Tap,' the harvesting of rainwater is an ancient concept. It may be thought of first as an alternative source for the garden, or for washing the car. On second thought, storage of rainwater for fire suppression and disaster preparation, for flushing or for drinking, are not at all farfetched. Most individuals like the idea of a rain barrel for the garden, yet few consider rainwater as an abundant, finite, natural resource. We are so ingrained into out-of-sight, out-of-mind that we accept wastage through century-old practices, and reject the clean, fresh water brought to our doorstep by nature's own processes. The Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM) Mission Statement is "TO BRING AWARENESS, EDUCATE, AND CONDUCT RESEARCH IN BEST PRACTICES FOR RAINWATER AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ACROSS CANADA". With a wide variation in application of codes, regulations and guidelines regarding rainwater, CANARM is engaged in offering education and certification in best practices for the design and installation of harvesting systems. Whether the result is a rain garden or potable drinking water, or an environmentally sustainable stormwater reservoir, rainwater-harvesting systems are on the rise around the world. Public awareness and acceptance of alternative water sources is growing, and responses from manufacturers, practitioners, educators, retailers, and decision-makers are barely keeping up with demand. Two educational programs, one of awareness, the other for certification, have been developed and are being delivered across Canada. CANARM is working towards higher standards and knowledge uniformity in this new industry niche.

Authors: Ken Nentwig

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Tags:Rainwater Harvesting,AC14,2014 Annual Conference,AC2014

Citation:Stream F. 6.1.

Publication Date:Dec 31st, 1969 Upload Date:Jun 30th, 2014

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