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Wholly H2O, In the Know: Rainwater

Photo Credit: Stuart Lee

“Rainwater harvesting” (RWH) and “stormwater catchment” are often used interchangeably referring to a wide range of practices that capture and utilize or infiltrate rainfall on a site, rather than funneling it into storm drains. In urban areas, unused and non infiltrated rainwater is simply stormwater in the making.

Stormwater consists of rainwater and other water sources (such as water from hoses, industry or agriculture) that run across impervious surfaces and saturated soil into street gutters and storm drains, streams, rivers, and finally the ocean. It carries with it chemicals and toxins that are picked up along the way, becoming a source of pollution.… Continue Reading


Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Low-Impact Development

LOW-IMPACT DEVELOPMENT (LID)
In order to know if you are how effectively you are saving water, you must first know how much water you’ve been… More

Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Rainwater Harvesting Defined

RAINWATER HARVESTING (RWH) DEFINED
Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) is the practice of capturing, infiltrating or utilizing rainfall from roofs, constructed… More

WhollyH2O, In the Know, Rain/stormwater: Rainwater Harvesting and the Hydrologic System

RAINWATER HARVESTING AND THE HYDROLOGIC SYSTEM
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Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Efficiency and Conservation are Always the First Steps

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Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Uses for Harvested Rain Water

USES FOR HARVESTED RAINWATER
Need some placeholder text here about uses for harvested rainwater whether it be in the garden or for water features, to water… More

Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Benefits of Capturing Rainwater

BENEFITS OF CAPTURING RAINWATER
Fortunately, incorporating water saving technologies inside and outside of buildings is usually simple, without the need for permits… More



Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Rainwater Quality and Filtration

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Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Rainwater Harvesting Design Considerations

RWH DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
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Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Typical Components of a Rainwater Harvesting System

TYPICAL COMPONENTS OF A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM
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Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Rainwater Harvesting Codes and Regulations

RAINWATER HARVESTING CODES AND REGULATIONS
As of late 2009, California had no statewide regulations that either permit or prohibit rainwater harvesting. It is best to check first with your city and/or county regarding codes and… More

Wholly H2O, In the Know, Rain/Stormwater: Rainwater Harvesting Costs

RAINWATER HARVESTING COSTS
Costs for rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems vary tremendously, depending on the scale and complexity of the system. A simple residential rain barrel system for… More