PRESIDENT OBAMA ASKED TO FACILITATE JOB-BOOSTING NEW INDUSTRY – RAINWATER HARVESTING
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Posted by: Melonie Walter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 16, 2014
President Obama has been asked by ARCSA to empower rainwater harvesting to help solve national economic and resource challenges by issuing a proclamation and to support enabling legislation.
ARCSA President David Crawford itemized rainwater harvesting’s ability to “…create new jobs associated with design; installation; education; research and development; component and consumable sales; plumbing; landscaping; roofing; guttering and maintenance of rain harvesting systems, all of which could lead to establishing a dominant U.S. position in this fledgling field, with compounding nationwide fiscal benefits.”
Mr. Crawford listed the factors that support this appeal, including regional water shortages; rainwater harvesting’s long history; avoidance of stormwater pollution; reducing demand on aging infrastructure; security of decentralized water systems; superiority of rainwater to nourish plants and animals; ease of treatment to very high standards; and the threat of a fragmented regulatory environment to achieving rainwater harvesting’s full potential. In summary, ARCSA is asking that the President join Congress to “…harness the potential of rainwater harvesting to create new jobs and to bolster the general economic welfare of the United States through legislation that would convert this valuable resource into a multifaceted economic engine.”
For the full text of Mr. Crawford’s letter to President Obama consult this link.
The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit 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. Harvesting rain does not diminish downstream supplies, but merely “borrows” it along the way.
ARCSA is gathering funds, experts and technical writers to create a national rainwater-harvesting manual and is soliciting tax-deductible donations. For more information, please contact Heather Kinkade, Executive Director ARCSA, at 512-617-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.