“There is an increased interest in rainwater harvesting in California and Texas,” says David Crawford, ARCSA President
Rainwater Harvesting: A Niche for Plumbing Contractors
“When one thinks of rainwater harvesting, the typical image that comes to mind is rain barrels and cisterns. However, there is so much more in the world of water reduction strategies — today rainwater harvesting and other conservation strategies can be looked at as a business niche for plumbing contractors,” writes Candace Roulo.
Three mega-trends are driving the rainwater harvesting and water conservation business: water availability of potable water for municipalities; rainwater management; and sustainability.
“There is an increased interest in rainwater harvesting in California and Texas,” says David Crawford, President of of The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. “The drought gets people thinking about saving water and with the drought this year it makes them think about this. It’s unfortunate that until the tap is cut off people don’t seem to pay attention.”
“Contractors need to be looking at storm water regulations that are kicking in. Municipalities are changing requirements for storm water collection. Rainwater harvesting is a great solution to this, as well as getting tax credits by putting rainwater harvesting in. Now that there are codes and standards out there people are getting on board, so rainwater harvesting is starting to be more accepted.”
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