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NATIONAL PETITION TO SUPPORT RAINWATER HARVESTING TO LAUNCH APRIL 14, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015   (1 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2015

 

            NATIONAL PETITION TO SUPPORT RAINWATER HARVESTING

TO LAUNCH APRIL 14, 2015

 

Supporters will have 30 days to collect 100,000 names

 

On April 14th, at the National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In and Expo in Washington, D.C., ARCSA will launch its “We the People” petition, which appeals to the U.S. President to support rainwater harvesting.  After the April 14th launch, an email link will be distributed to supporters. If you wish to be placed on the list for that original petition email link and ARCSA’s newsletter, click here. After 150 names are gathered, the petition will be accessible on the WhiteHouse.gov “We the People” website.

 

We will have 30 days, or 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.

 

Contact Heather Kinkade, Executive Director ARCSA - 512-617-6528 - info@arcsa.org

www.ARCSA.org - 501(c)3

 

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Comments...

John Hammerstrom says...
Posted Sunday, April 12, 2015
The first and 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 intentionally non-specific to attract all stormwater and rainwater advocates. There is no hidden agenda. 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. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/responses John Hammerstrom

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