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How to Harvest Rainwater in Your Yard

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Harvest Rainwater

 
Why contribute to run-off when you can harvest rainwater in your yard? The typical home landscape is designed for water to run off the property. This water then runs of your roof driveway etc in to the street sewer and eventually into lakes rivers and streams polluting them. Save rainwater to use to recharge soil moisture, cut down on outside water use like topping off your pool, washing your car, watering your plants, etc…

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WHY RAINWATER HARVESTING?

The earth is known as the Blue Planet for a reason, it’s no surprise that water is a dominant part of our everyday lives. The worlds current challenge is to improve the planet’s water quality and then maintain clean and healthy water that supports all life forms in our diverse environment.

 

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS MAKES DOLLARS AND “SENSE”

  • Reduce water bills including city storm sewer charges
  • Alleviate demand on municipal systems
  • Avoid strict watering schedules

 

BETTER FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE THAN MUNICIPALLY TREATED WATER

  • Rainwater is extremely rich in nutrients
  • Using rainwater to irrigate will reduce fertilizer use
  • No chemicals have been added to rainwater

 

THE RAINXCHANGE™ SYSTEM IS REVOLUTIONARY!

The Aquascape RainXchange™ Harvesting Systems are a revolutionary design that combines a recirculating decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvesting collection system.

  • Clean, Filtered Water Collection & Storage – While you enjoy the benefits of a decorative water feature, the RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System filters the stored water to prevent stagnation and growth of unhealthy bacteria.
  • The RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System reveals only a beautiful water feature that integrates easily into existing landscape.
  • Collecting and storing the water underground maintains the integrity and beauty of your home and landscape.
  • Wildlife Habitat – Because the water stored in the RainXchange™ System is constantly moving and being aerated, it becomes a sanctuary for wildlife.
  • Water Feature Lifestyle – Enhanced landscaping improves property value and water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world.
  • Environmental Conservation – Capturing rainwater to operate the water feature creates true self-sustainability, drastically reducing the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
1 inch of rainfall on a 2,000 sq. ft. residential roof generates 1,250 gallons of water that can be reused.
That same roof in a region receiving 30 inches of annual rainfall generates 41,000 gallons of reusable water.
The average US household with a 10,000 square foot lot uses 5,000 gallons of water weekly for landscape irrigation.
Running a sprinkler for 2 hours can use up to 500 gallons of water.
The RainXchange™ allows you to collect thousands of gallons of water anywhere, even in the Desert!
RainXchange rainwater harvesting & collection system diagram

Rainwater Harvest Systems

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WHY RAINWATER HARVESTING?

The earth is known as the Blue Planet for a reason, it’s no surprise that water is a dominant part of our everyday lives. The worlds current challenge is to improve the planet’s water quality and then maintain clean and healthy water that supports all life forms in our diverse environment.

RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEMS MAKES DOLLARS AND “SENSE”

  • Reduce water bills including city storm sewer charges
  • Alleviate demand on municipal systems
  • Avoid strict watering schedules

BETTER FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE THAN MUNICIPALLY TREATED WATER

  • Rainwater is extremely rich in nutrients
  • Using rainwater to irrigate will reduce fertilizer use
  • No chemicals have been added to rainwater

THE RAINXCHANGE™ SYSTEM IS REVOLUTIONARY!

The Aquascape RainXchange™ Harvesting Systems are a revolutionary design that combines a recirculating decorative water feature with a sub-surface rainwater harvesting collection system.

  • Clean, Filtered Water Collection & Storage – While you enjoy the benefits of a decorative water feature, the RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System filters the stored water to prevent stagnation and growth of unhealthy bacteria.
  • The RainXchange™ Rainwater Harvesting System reveals only a beautiful water feature that integrates easily into existing landscape.
  • Collecting and storing the water underground maintains the integrity and beauty of your home and landscape.
  • Wildlife Habitat – Because the water stored in the RainXchange™ System is constantly moving and being aerated, it becomes a sanctuary for wildlife.
  • Water Feature Lifestyle – Enhanced landscaping improves property value and water features provide soothing sights and sounds that help you relax and de-stress in today’s busy world.
  • Environmental Conservation – Capturing rainwater to operate the water feature creates true self-sustainability, drastically reducing the need for chemically-treated traditional water sources.

Learn More: http://www.rainxchange.com/

Rain Barrel Maintenance

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TLC for rain barrels

A few quick maintenance tasks as the seasons change will help your rain barrel weather the winter. via (lancasteronline.com)
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By MARY BETH SCHWEIGERT   Staff Writer        mschweigert@lnpnews.com
Rain barrels are low-tech and low-maintenance. That simplicity is a huge part  of their appeal.
When attached to a home’s downspout, the barrels catch  and divert rainwater from storm drains, sewers and the foundation, while  capturing it for garden irrigation and other uses.
LIVE Green director  Fritz Schroeder says homeowners can take simple steps to care for their barrels,  so they work better and last longer.
The most important maintenance task  is to empty your rain barrel when a big storm is predicted, he  says.
“It’s better to release that water and capture the coming  rainstorm,” he says. “If the barrel is full at the time, the benefit of the  rainstorm is lost.”
LIVE Green, a program of the Lancaster County  Conservancy, has repurposed and distributed nearly 500 food-grade rain barrels  county-wide.
Schroeder recommends disconnecting your rain barrel from the  downspout during the frigid months of December, January and February. Drain the  barrel and store it upside-down, so ice won’t form inside.
(Homeowners  may need to take other winterization steps, depending on their barrel’s  design.)
When spring is on the horizon, take a few minutes to prepare  your barrel for the warm-weather deluge.
“At the start of the season is a  good time to inspect the barrel, make sure there’s no major debris at the bottom  … and clean it out,” Schroeder says.
Turn the barrel upside-down and  shake it out. Water flow from a hose directed toward the bottom of the barrel  should be enough to loosen any remaining debris, he says.
Adrian Kapp,  owner of C.E. Pontz Sons Inc., 2355 New Holland Pike, says homeowners also can  use a wet/dry vac to remove any debris that has accumulated over the  winter.
Kapp, who repurposes the water for his fish pond and children’s  playtime, warns against using chemicals to attack moss buildup or other  barrel-cleaning tasks.
“I don’t recommend using soaps,” he says. “Maybe  just scrub (the barrel) by hand with a sponge to keep the walls  clean.”
Before reconnecting the barrel to the downspout, clear all  intakes and outtakes. Then head for the roof.
“(Spring) is the perfect  time … to make sure gutters are clean and you’re getting a fresh start,”  Schroeder says.
Gutters catch most debris before it reaches the barrel,  he says. Make sure to clean them regularly.
Check your rain barrel  frequently to make sure all openings are clear and flowing freely.
Nora  Motter Stark, rainwater systems consultant with Rainkeeper, Columbia, says  filters also can keep out undesirable “additions.”
Rainkeeper’s barrels  and other, larger systems come with stainless steel filters that catch any  debris bigger than a grain of sand, she says.
“It is critical to  prefilter the rain coming from the downspout … before it goes into the barrel  to significantly minimize the organic matter that enters the barrel,” Stark  says.
Homeowners also can keep debris and bugs out of the barrel by  covering the intake hole with a plastic grate or skimmer basket topped with a  nylon stocking or fine mesh screen, Schroeder says.
During the summer,  empty the barrel every seven to 10 days to fight mosquitoes, he says. Adding a  tablespoon of vegetable oil to your barrel also can help prevent  breeding.
When it comes to algae inside your barrel, light is the  enemy.
“Algae needs sunlight, like other plants,” Stark says. “If you can  prevent any sunlight from entering your barrel, you will prevent algae from  growing inside.”
Sun-fighting strategies could include purchasing a  thicker or dark-colored barrel and positioning your barrel in the  shade.
Basic rain barrels may not be all that aesthetically pleasing.  Some barrels come with a depression in the lid that can be filled with aquatic  plants or perennials, Kapp says.
“It’s a really neat way to hide a rain  barrel,” he says.
When heavy storms hit, Schroeder recommends breaking  out the umbrella and checking to make sure your barrel is working  properly.
That way, you won’t waste a single precious drop.
Read more:  http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/907343_TLC-for-rain-barrels.html#ixzz2i4NIRU4I

More on Rain Barrels: http://www.aquascapeinc.com/training/rain-barrel
Even more on Rain Barrels: http://www.lancasterconservancy.org/urban-greening/rain-barrels-3/

 

 

Project Showcase in Wyomissing, PA

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This backyard renovation is any homeowners dream, complete with the whole package, water features, landscaping, and hardscaping. The Landscaping includes a boulder wall along the low corner of the house, two patios using PA Thermal Flagstone on the upper patio and PA irregular flagstone on the lower patio. At the back of the home a set of steps were installed to exit the home and a combination of ramp and step at the second exit door. All downspouts were buried and directed to the back yard on the outside edge of the plant beds. A large scale water feature was installed and includes LED lighting, pond plants and fish. The water feature is a series of 8′ x11′ upper pond, 18′ long varying width stream/Channel for fish to swim between the two ponds, 11’x16′ lower pond and zero edge spill way falling through the lower patio into a disappearing basin. The water feature will begin with a wetland bog filter at the upper end of the first pond. The water feature has an Iongen 2 Algae Control System to make the care of the feature as maintenance free as possible. An outdoor kitchen island designed to hold the “Big Green Egg” and a sink built into the island is installed just off the patio area. Lastly, we installed plantings and mulched all new plant beds and seeded the disturbed soil in the back yard area.

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Aquascape Foundation Heading to Dominican Republic to Install RainXchange® System

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This coming February, the Aquascape Foundation is partnering with Filter Pure Filters to install a 15,000 gallon RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system at the factory’s Dominican Republic location.

Filter Pure is dedicated to the development of a simple, effective and sustainable clean water solution for at-risk populations by manufacturing and distributing high quality ceramic water filters. Filter Pure has provided clean water for over 300,000 people since 2006.

The Aquascape Foundation and its group of volunteers will travel to the Dominican Republic from February 16th – 21st to install the 15,000 gallon RainXchange® System which will collect stormwater run-off from the factory’s roof.

“The Foundation is excited to partner with Filter Pure Filters on this project,” states Carla Wittstock, president of the Aquascape Foundation. “The addition of a RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system at the factory will ensure that more families in the Dominican Republic and Haiti will benefit from an increased supply of clean drinking water.”

The Aquascape Foundation is a not for profit 501 3C organization committed to creating sustainable water solutions for the worldwide water crisis. For more information about the Foundation and its sustainable projects, visit www.aquascapefoundation.org.

Stormwater Management

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By BERNARD HARRIS Staff Writer

Under federal pressure to reduce raw sewage overflows into the Conestoga  River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay, Lancaster city officials have begun  rebuilding city alleyways, parks and parking lots to soak up rain.

But most of that rain falls on the rooftops of city homes and businesses.

Now, city property owners are being told what they can do to help.

Read more:  http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/612904_City-stresses–green–approach-on-runoff.html#ixzz1qKK970bm

 

C.E. PONTZ SONS CAN HELP WITH THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

check out www.rainxchange.com for a look at the systems we install!

 

 

RainXchange installed by The Aquascape Foundation in Uganda

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A team of 25 Aquascape Foundation volunteers installed a 20,000gal rainwater harvesting system at the I.N. Network School in Kiyindi, Uganda the week of January 23, 2012.

Aquascape Project Showcase

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