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David is President of Rainwater Management Solutions (RMS), which was formed in 1998 in Salem, Virginia to address rainwater conservation and management and sustainable water applications and practices.

RMS provides rainwater system design and installation for:

  • harvesting rainwater for reuse in residential and commercial buildings;
  • capturing and recycling water for reuse in car washers, laundries and hospitals;
  • capturing and recycling water from cooling towers;
  • reducing storm drain runoff.

RMS focuses on providing design and application of water management and water conservation systems within six primary application areas: corporate, green building construction, stormwater management and urban watershed management, commercial and residential developments, agriculture, and homeowners.
RMS has installed over 200 rainwater systems, designed and built roof washer systems for commercial sites in throughout the United States like Portland Oregon, and has designed and shipped roof washer systems outside the country to a customer in the Bahamas.

RMS's mechanical engineering group provides siphonic drain system design services for application in the construction of commercial, industrial, and fine arts facilities as well as big box buildings like Target and Ikea.

RMS promotes sustainability by only using the highest quality rainwater harvesting materials that require no maintenance and will last the lifetime of the building. RMS has adopted this philosophy from the German standards of rainwater harvesting. Germany has been utilizing rainwater harvesting for centuries and is the leader in rainwater harvesting techniques. As a result, David works closely with German companies and experts to promote cost effective and sustainable products for rainwater harvesting practices and reuse applications.

Background and Experience
David has 22 years healthcare consulting, marketing, and sales in addition to his experience in residential and commercial construction. In 2002 and 2003 David designed and managed for the installation of the first rainwater system, at the New River Valley Medical Center to replace the existing storm water retention pond. He also designed the rainwater management system for Roanoke City 's new stadium. David is a strong advocate of water conservation and management. As such, in 2001 he lobbied the Virginia House and Senate for passage of the first rainwater harvesting legislation in the United States, Texas followed suit in 2002 with a similar bill. During 2002 and 2003, David worked with the Virginia Sate Health Department to rewrite grey water laws.

He received his BS in Economics and Accounting from Mars Hill College in 1976.

Articles
David has published numerous articles in local and national publications on water conservation and water sustainability issues and practices. Articles have been printed in Environmental Protection, Consulting Specifying Engineer, Farm Bureau Monthly, Laundry Today, Mother Earth News, The Roanoke Times, Southern Farmer, This Old House, Today's Facility Manager, Virginia Business Journal, and Water and Waste Water.

Outreach and Presentations
David is president of the non-profit organization, The Cabell Brand Center, which provides outreach within Virginia to protect the environment. David's expertise in rainwater harvesting and water conservation supports The Cabell Brand Center's mission to promote sustainable resources to protect Virginia's ecosystem.

Currently, David is working with The Cabell Brand Center to devise a Virginia State Rainwater Harvesting Manual, which will outline modern advancements made in rainwater harvesting and how Virginia residents can participate in the sustainable practice of rainwater harvesting. Funding for the manual was attained from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.

 

David is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences throughout the state. Recently, he spoke at Environment Virginia, which was held at the Virginia Military Institute. He lectured on the environmental benefits of rainwater harvesting. Many local and state political figures were in attendance. David has given talks at Hollins University, Radford University, United States Green Building national conferences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

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