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Rain Catcher Awards 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melonie Walter
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CONTACT: Heather Kinkade
For Immediate Release: November 18, 2013


ARCSA 2013 Rain Catcher Awards

The winners of the 2013 ARCSA Rain Catcher Awards were recognized at the ARCSA Annual Conference in Austin, TX on November 6, 2013. The awardees gave a presentation on their projects and were presented with their awards by Billy Kniffen. The categories of projects were Commercial/Industrial, Residential, and Educational/Governmental.

First place for the Commercial/Industrial category went to Rick Weisburg with Oasis Rain Harvesting for the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club Rain Harvesting System Project in Sierra Vista, AZ. This project was built to capitalize on the runoff from two tennis courts 2 tennis courts at 15,500 square feet surface area, approximately 1/3 of 5,000 square foot building (1500 sq ft), totaling a complete area of 17,000 square feet. The project specifics include using a 30,000 gallon Pioneer Galaxy tank, a 1,000 gallon concrete cistern gathering tank, one, 3 hp 220 volt transfer pump rated at 270 gpm, one, 1hp pump for irrigation, and one custom built control box by Munro Manufacturing.

Second Place went to Chris Maxwell-Gaines with Innovative Water Solutions for the New Braunfels Fire Station #4 Rainwater Harvesting System for Irrigation Use in New Braunfels, TX. The rainwater collection cistern is 13,000 gallons. The system collects from approximately 10,700 square feet and also collects AC condensate. The system provides water to entire irrigation system and includes 3hp variable speed pump system with municipal water auto-fill.

First place for Educational/Environmental went to Chris Maxwell-Gaines with Innovative Water Solutions for the Candlelight Ranch Rainwater Harvesting System for Potable Use Project in Marble Falls, TX. Candlelight Ranch is an outdoor environment for special needs and at risk children to learn, play, and heal through the wonders of nature. The ranch management wanted to use rainwater to augment their well water supply system, so a main system was created that consists of a 20,000 gallon cistern that collects from their 3,000 square foot pavilion and pumps water to the existing well storage tank, as well as two other structures collect rainwater into two 2,500 gallon cisterns to use for irrigation via hose bibs on the cisterns.

Second Place went to Clint Wolf with Texas A&M Agrilife Research Extension for the WaterSense Labeled Home Classroom Project in Dallas, TX. The project consisted of 30% turf, 40% planted beds, 30% hardscape, and included all native and adaptive plant material. The system included multi-stream rotors, inline drip irrigation, and an ET controller with rain/freeze sensor. The finished project utilizes 64% less water, made the irrigation system 90% more efficient, includes all the landscape irrigation needs, and provides a savings of $800 annually.

First place for Residential went to Alan Richmond with Southern Botanical for the North Dallas Residential Rainwater Catchment System in Dallas, TX. The project consists of a 25 feet by 15 feet cylindrically shaped cistern capable of containing over 33,000 gallons of harvested water. Three catch basins are located throughout the low-lying property. Each catch basin pumps harvested rainwater into the cistern where it is dispersed throughout the property, supplying water to the irrigation system, fountains, water features and ponds. This system serves multiple purposes, both functionally and aesthetically. Two of the catch basins also serve as artificial detention structures, protecting the main house and a large out-building against flood events from a creek at the rear of the property. The project was completed without the use of heavy machinery due to the heavily wooded nature of the property and a commitment to the homeowner’s wishes that trees not be damaged or removed.

Second place was a tie between Paula Henson with the Paseo Miramar Rainwater Harvesting Project in Los Angeles, CA and Chris Maxwell-Gaines with Innovative Water Solutions for the Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Condominium Development Project in Austin, TX.

The Paseo Miramar Rainwater Project’s goal is to store 43,000 gallons of water underground so that the garden on the property could withstand long-term drought conditions and reduce the need for municipal water and prevent runoff. The project consisted of a 43,000 gallon, underground, site-specific concrete cistern with sediment compartment and a smaller day tank to supply irrigation, a 7,200 square foot tennis court, a 3,000 square foot roof, 250 yards of concrete, and took about 14 months to complete. It resides on a 1.47 acre property with lush gardens.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Condominium Development Project objectives are to reduce municipal water use for irrigation, remove the need for rain gardens that would take up much of the resident’s usage yard space. The system is positioned in between condominium units and collects rainwater and AC condensate from two condominiums. Each system collects from approximately 3,000 square feet, and employs a 3,000 gallon poly tank with irrigation pump system and auto fill.

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 can be found at:

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