Petition supporting rainwater and stormwater harvesting
ARCSA has launched its “We the People” petition, appealing to the U.S. President to support rainwater harvesting. After 150 names are gathered, the petition will be accessible on the WhiteHouse.gov “We the People” website. Until then, the petition can only be located with this link
We have until May 13th to collect 100,000 names, which would qualify us for an official response from President Obama.
The petition reads as follows:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
… to stimulate the emerging rainwater-harvesting industry, creating new jobs in design, installation, education, R&D, sales, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, monitoring and maintenance, which could propel the U.S. to international leadership, with compounding fiscal benefits.
The justifications include:
Worldwide demand for clean water exceeds supply.
Rainwater and stormwater harvesting can help fill the gap while reducing stormwater pollution.
One inch of rain is over 600 gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. of roof.
Rain harvesting reduces demand on water infrastructure.
A new national standard, ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63 details safe design & installation.
Treated rainwater can easily surpass EPA standards.
The most important purpose of the petition is simply to bring national attention to rainwater and stormwater harvesting.
Signers of the petition are exercising their First Amendment rights to petition government.
The petition is intended to appeal to anyone interested in stimulating rainwater and stormwater harvesting to help solve water quality and quantity challenges.
There are many possible forms such stimulation could take, like encouraging states to adopt a uniform standard for rainwater harvesting (following the ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI Standard 63), or federal legislation to facilitate installing rainwater harvesting systems, or tax incentives, or a Presidential Proclamation, etc.
This link lists responses for successful petition drives. All are thoughtfully written by authoritative officials, and many include specific actions that satisfy the petition’s request.
Help us achieve 100,000 names prior to May 13.