he National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo, Water Week 2015, April 13-15, is a celebration of the innovative transformation occurring within U.S. water sectors, as they adapt to and address the nation’s 21st Century water challenges, especially adequate supplies of potable water and uses of alternate, non-potable water resources, such as rainwater and stormwater. And leading this effort in Washington, D.C., American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association’s own, President David Crawford, Rainwater Management Systems, and Secretary Neal Shapiro, City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, are there to promote rainwater and stormwater harvesting and to disseminate its mission and resources to Congressional members and staff, and water regulators and providers during the Fly-In & Expo at the Westin Washington DC City Center hotel, http://www.nacwa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2134&Itemid=586.
Through a series of events, water sector organizations with members spanning the nation – and in some cases the globe – are gathering for the second time. A broad array of municipal, state and regional water sector groups from communities across the country will come together to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters, additional water supplies, and a healthy sustainable environment. They will share perspectives, collaborate on solutions, meet with Congress and federal regulators, and celebrate achievements. Water Week 2015 will inform and inspire local, state, and national leaders about the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation.
And ARCSA will be launching its We the People Presidential Petition Proclamation.
The mission of the 501(c)3 non-profit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA.org) is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. A well-designed, installed and maintained rainwater harvesting system can provide high-quality water for potable and non-potable, residential and commercial uses.
While we generally have high-quality drinking water and contamination is rare, much of the nation’s water infrastructure is over 50 years old, overused and underserviced. Wasteful leaks and breaks are frequent. Delayed replacement means higher costs, disruption of daily life, health risks and greater expense. While both centralized and decentralized improvements mean jobs and reduced long-term cost, rainwater and stormwater harvesting represents a new industry growing around an ancient practice.
ARCSA is the premier national educational and technical rainwater harvesting organization. Decentralized onsite rain- and stormwater harvesting systems can deliver a partial solution to our aging water delivery infrastructure and support new job creation.
Along with our general fund-raising appeal, ARCSA is accepting tax-deductible donations to produce a comprehensive rainwater harvesting manual written by its many experts and technical writers, and to host on-line and in-person training events across the country. Consult ARCSA’s website for rainwater harvesting systems, suppliers, trainings, and research information. For more information, contact Heather Kinkade, Executive Director, at 512-617-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.