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Links to Rainwater Organizations and Related Sustainability Websites:

European Rainwater Catchment Systems Association


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

HarvestH2o - Online Rainwater Harvesting Community

Hawaii Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA)

National Climate Data Center

National Sanitation Foundation - Rainwater Collection & Rainwater Catchment System Components

Rainwater Harvesting in Washington State

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Rainwater Harvesting Program

Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System

Texas Water Development Board Rainwater Harvesting (TWDB)

UK Rainwater Harvesting Association

U.S. Average Annual Precipitation Maps

U.S. Green Building Council

Using Rainwater to Grow Livable Communities

Water Footprint

Water – Use it Wisely

The following publications and articles contain useful information related to rainwater harvesting systems.

8 Principles for Successful Rainwater Harvesting by ARCSA member Brad Lancaster

Canadian Technical Series 03-100: Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Reuse

Canadian Guidelines for Household Reclaimed Water for Use in Toilet and Urinal Flushing

EPA Brochures on Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Gardens

EPA Guidelines for Water Reuse Download PDF (478 pages)

Georgia Rainwater Harvesting Guidelines Download PDF (59 pages, 5 MB)

Harvesting Rainwater for Landscape Use

Master's Thesis: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Rainwater Harvesting at Commercial Facilities in Arlington County, Virginia by Bill Hicks, PE, of Duke University

Policies and Incentives for Rainwater Harvesting in Malaysia Download PDF

Rainwater as a Resource: A Report on Three Sites Demonstrating Sustainable Stormwater Management

Rainwater Collection in Washington State

Safe Water Systems for the Developing World:
Implementing Household-Based Water Treatment and Safe Storage Programs, developed by the Centers for Disease Control

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality TCEQ Guide: Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels

The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting (Texas Water Development Board) Download PDF (88 pages, 2MB)

Virginia Rainwater Harvesting Manual (58 pages, 3MB)

Water Efficiency in Austin, TX Journal Article

Water Harvesting Guidance Manual View article and download PDFs on City of Tucson website

Water Quality in Kentucky: Cisterns for Kentucky (J. L. Taraba et al., 1990).

EPA - Rainwater Havesting Presentations & Webinars
Technologies and Innovative Solutions for Harvesting and Non-Potable use of Rain and Stormwater in Urban Settings
Ashbolt: Rainwater Risks
Beaulieu: InnovativeTechnology Workshop
Brown: Rainwater Harvesting in Northern Kentucky, Watershed Webinar
Crawford: National Perspective on Rainwater Harvesting Industry
De Busk: Rainwater Harvesting Potentialin North Carolina
Garland: Development of Tools by EPA to Determine the Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure-Based Approaches to Mitigate Stormwater
Haikalis: Reuse of Alternative Water Sources for Cooling Tower Systems—Two Case Studies Using Non-Traditional Water Sources
Kehoe: San Francisco, Technologies and Innovative Solutions for Harvesting and Non-Potable Use of Rain and Stormwater in Urban Settings
Knight: Cincinnati, Innovative Technologies in Rainwater Harvesting
Lye: Technologies and Innovative Solutions for Harvesting and Non-Potable use of Rain and Stormwater in Urban Settings
McGowan: Energy Efficiency in Water & Wastewater
Mistry: Regional Water Reuse Activities, Gaps, and Research
Mitchell: Blue Roof Technology
Pushard: Water ReUse, The 21st Century Opportunity
Reynolds: Rainwater Harvesting in Cincinnati: A Sewer District's Perspective
Shapiro: Current Best Practices & Case Studies
Uhlmann: Tremco Inc., Vegetated Roof and Rainwater Harvest System
Warren: WaterTronics, Case Studies Rain & Storm Water Management at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Wells: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management System

Articles of Interest for Consumers and Educators
General articles for the general public interested in how the management of water resources impacts them and the world around them.


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