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Rainwater - The "Alternate" Water Source

Thursday, September 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melonie Walter
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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2013 512/617-6528


Rainwater Harvesting as an Alternate Water Source is the Focus of this Year's

Annual Conference of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
mark your calendars for November 5-7, 2013, in Austin, TX


This year's conference is the first of its kind for ARCSA. ARCSA is excited to be co-sponsoring with the Irrigation Association (IA) national conference and tradeshow. The ARCSA/IA conference collaboration promises to bring the highest quality speakers and seminars to our members, as well as more exposure for our vendors than any other ARCSA National Conference and Tradeshow to date. In addition to all the irrigation and pond Expo Exhibitors, ARCSA currently has over 30 Exhibitors dedicated to rainwater systems, equipment, and design with several more working to register for the Expo. See the ARCSA website for a listing of all the Rainwater Expo Exhibitors.


Prior to the conference on Monday November 4th we will have an evening rainwater harvesting system tour and cocktail party at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired sponsored by Quality Control Steel. More to follow on this exciting networking warm-up event.


Our major networking event will be the ARCSA/IA Gala "Celebrate Texas!" with a performance from Javier Colon, winner of the inaugural season of NBC's reality talent show "The Voice," on Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Celebrate Texas! is open to all attendees with full registration. Dive into the spirit of Austin and join us for good food, great company and even better music!

All our invited speakers have confirmed and we are anticipating great thought provoking dialog from everyone on the state of rainwater catchment systems including the latest technology, the regulatory environment, new opportunities for the growing industry of rainwater system design for both residential and commercial applications, installation, and products. All of the speakers and their topics are listed on the ARCSA webpage ( under the conference tab.


We have even spiced up things with a silent auction offering rainwater equipment, fine art and additional fun items planned for one day of the conference. The proceeds from the auction will begin the ARCSA fund to produce an updated rainwater catchment manual for the workshops and on-line classes; to be written by the best rainwater experts in the Nation. If you would like to contribute to the auction items or sponsor a chapter of the new rainwater catchment manual, contact Heather at


Both prior to and following the November conference, ARCSA will offer a number of professional training opportunities in the Austin-area: Certified Associate, Inspection Specialist, and Accredited Professional combined with the Design and Construction workshop. See the ARCSA website for details or email Heather at


The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) is the premier national organization created to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices throughout the United States and the world. Its leadership and members work to create a favorable regulatory atmosphere, a growing resource pool of trained professionals, and an educated public on the many benefits of rainwater harvesting for potable and non-potable uses. More information about ARCSA and the upcoming annual conference can be found at:

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