Tim Pope has been active in the water conservation field since 1992. Starting in Eugene, Oregon designing and building greywater systems and consulting with the Los Angeles Water Reclamation Department. Tim was contacted in 1998 and was hired by Canada Mortgage and Housing, to design and install a Greywater recycling system on a 20 unit Condo in Ottowa, Ontario by. This system was to reclaim greywater and render it usable for toilet flushing. Tim was encouraged to move to Friday Harbor, Washington in 1995 to help with resolution of ongoing water issues. San Juan Count,y where Friday Harbor is located, instituted “alternative water source” guidelines in 1995, of which Tim was a co-author. Tim built his first Rainwater Catchment system for potable use on San Juan Island in 1997. Since that time he has designed and installed over 230 Rainwater Catchment systems, of which 98% are for potable uses. He also encouraged San Juan County Commissioners to accept Rainwater Harvesting as a viable and legal water source for new construction.
Tim has been worked on resolution of the “water rights” limitations existing elsewhere in the State of Washington since 1996 and in concert with others, especially Kurt Unger of Washington Department of Ecology, the “water rights” issue was resolved in 2007. It is now possible to build a new home in the with Rainwater Catchment as the sole source for acquiring a building permit. This is now legal in the 9 Northwest Counties in the State of Washington including King County, the most populous county which includes the City of Seattle.Tim has been active in training both individuals and groups over the years in the proper construction of Rainwater Catchment Systems. Tim performed the first Accreditation Workshop in Hilo, Hawaii in September 2007 and has been teaching since.
Tim attended the 2001 International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association bi-annual conference in Manheim, Germany. This was his first introduction to how rainwater harvesting can and should be an industry standing on it’s own merits. Tim has also attended the ARCSA conferences in Austin, Texas 2003, Seattle pre-conference, spring 2005, ARCSA conference Seattle, September 2005, ARCSA conference Hilo, Hawaii, September 2007, ARCSA conference Santa Monica, California, September 2008. He has participated in numerous accreditation workshops partnering with Billy Kniffen. Tim is an ARCSA Accredited Professional and installer and is a licensed water system designer in San Juan County.
Tim has been a member of ARCSA since 2002 and have served as an appointed board member from 2005 to 2007. Tim was elected President of ARCSA in Hilo Hawaii in 2007 and 2009 in Santa Monica, California. and has servied on the board since. Tim has seen the membership grow from less than 100 individuals to our present 650+.