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Rainwater harvesting system to help irrigate campus
San Antonio is constantly looking for ways to sustain the Edwards Aquifer, and St. Mary’s University is no different.

So it’s building a rainwater harvesting system, which David Turner, Ph.D., and his students will formally unveil Friday, March 20, two days before World Water Day.

The rainwater collection tank – in the courtyard between Garni Hall and the Moody Life Sciences Center – will be revealed at 2:15 p.m., rain or shine. Refreshments will be served afterward.

A 5,050-gallon tank will collect some of nearly 240,000 gallons of rain that fall onto Garni Hall’s roof each year. With a small pump, the captured rainwater will irrigate landscaping in that section of campus.

Turner’s students proposed the project to University administration. As the first of its kind on campus, the system will save water and become the centerpiece of St. Mary’s sustainability efforts. There is talk of using similar systems in other parts of campus.

“We hope to raise campus awareness of the importance of being water-wise, so the system and the landscaping will become part of our curriculum and also support our educational outreach to elementary and high-school students,” said Turner, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences.

The idea came during a lab exercise for an Environmental Geochemistry class in spring 2013 and became a student group’s EPA contest entry that fall. Eventually a proposal ended up on the desks of University administrators, who enthusiastically supported it.

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Kids growing trees lost to Rim Fire
Mariposa County continues to deal with the aftermath of its recent wildfires, and now dozens of students are bringing new life to the damaged areas.

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Rain harvesters stretch limited water supply
For some people in Northern California, this week's rain will last not just a few hours or days, but rather several months.

A small, but growing number of homeowners are equipping their rooftops with rain-harvesting systems that capture storm runoff and store it in tanks.

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Olivenhain Municipal Water District To Offer Free Rainwater Harvesting/Graywater Workshop

California is experiencing a historically dry winter, making efficient water use more important than ever before. Area residents interested in reducing imported water use at their home or business are encouraged to attend a free workshop provided by local water agencies on rainwater harvesting and graywater.


06
California drought: A run on rain barrels

With California facing dire water shortfalls after the driest year in recorded state history, Gov. Jerry Brown has called on residents of the Golden State to conserve water "in every way possible."

I figured that I could buy a couple of cheap rain barrels, stick them under the downspouts of our Oakland house and be done with it. We have one 60-gallon rain barrel already that we got a few years ago, when the city of Oakland had them available at a discount. But there's a lot more to learn about rain barrels than I first realized.
 


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Rain Harvester Breaks Out Buckets For First Rain In Nearly Two Months

The first rain in the Sacramento region in more than 50 days wasn’t enough to end a drought, but one man gathered a little security from his roof on Wednesday.

Dale Shuck is saving rain for a not so rainy day.

He’s using buckets to gather rain runoff from his roof.
 


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Rain harvesting system 'first stage filter' called Gutterglove Gutter Guard, gets Consumer Reports seal of approval

“The reason why Gutterglove is being used by rain harvest contractors is because Gutterglove filters out all the debris,” said Lenney, who is also accredited through the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports the average American household uses about 400 gallons of water a day. Gutterglove presents a green alternative for consumers who want to store water for farming, fire protection or emergency reserve.


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20,000 gallon rain collection system irrigates property

 Block spent $29,000 on the system, which was made by Rain Harvesting Systems and Gutterglove. “But I see it as a long-term investment into a very critical infrastructure,” he says.
 


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Introduction to rainwater harvesting

Rooftop catchments: In the most basic form of this technology, rainwater is collected in simple vessels at the edge of the roof. Variations on this basic approach include collection of rainwater in gutters which drain to the collection vessel through down-pipes constructed for this purpose, and/or the diversion of rainwater from the gutters to containers for settling particulates before being conveyed to the storage container for the domestic use.







Filter Debris From Your Rain Tank

We proudly use Gutterglove Gutterguard as the First Stage Filter in all our rain harvesting systems because of it’s ability to filter out all leaves, pine needles and even sand from your gutter system and rain storage tanks. Visit their website for more information at www.Gutterglove.com

Rain Harvesting Systems installed Gutterglove Gutterguard on this 3,100 gallon rain collection system. You can clearly see from the fine stainless steel mesh on the photo that sand can't get through. Also, another benefit is that you will never have to clean out your gutters again.

Gutterglove filters out the sand from this two tank 3,100 gallon rain collection system. You can see Gutterglove on the gutter in the photo above in the lower right corner.

 


Check out these photos from just a few of our RHS installations!
4 tanks were installed under the deck.
Bob and Tony talkiny, live on TV, while talking about the rain collection system that RHS installed.
The small silver pipe is actually a flexible safety connector that can bend 90 degrees in any direction. This allows for quite a bit of movement to the tank if necessary.
2,500 gallon tank by first-flush
These tanks are big and awkward, but with enough help, they can be easily moved.
5,000 gallon rain tank
Fire hydrant
Grundfros pump on concrete
1,550 gallon rain tanks
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What is
Rain Harvesting?

Have you ever thought about collecting the rainwater that runs off your roof? Rainwater is an easily obtained resource, and it is an excellent way to satisfy your watering needs. You can save on well water, energy, irrigation water and municipality water by storing up this precious, free liquid that comes from the clouds above.

In simple terms, “rain harvesting” means collecting rainwater. A popular and easy way to catch rain is by filtering the water through the gutters on your roof. Once the water travels through the gutter, it is directed into a holding tank, and can then be used for any water needs you have. In most cases, it is used for non-potable applications but can become potable (used for drinking) if proper filters are used.

A Rain Harvesting Systems representative can provide you with several options of how to start your rainwater collection.

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