Big Changes

Posted on March 22nd, 2010 by Phil in Cool Stuff, Phil Says, Rainwater Recovery News

And I mean BIG changes.
First off, Rainwater’s Waltham office has been closed up and the Rainwater team have moved to Brookline. Specifically, the Geosyntec office in Brookline. Yes, that’s right. Geosyntec Consultants has acquired Rainwater Recovery.
Geosyntec is an exciting place to be right now, with so many smart and innovative people working on hundreds of [...]

The October 19, 2009 Water Efficiency Newsletter ran a fascinating piece entitled ‘Drought, Demand, and the GW  Bogeyman.’ The message is compelling: In short, studies are showing that water shortages in the southeastern U.S. (think metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia and neighboring states) have less to do with drought conditions than they do with prolonged mismanagement of the [...]

Recharging history

Posted on October 1st, 2009 by Water Nymph in Phil Says

We at Rainwater are working on our third major project designing groundwater recharge systems below buildings to mitigatethe deterioration of wood pile foundations.
One building we’re working under is irreplaceable; a 250-year-old building where foundations, if left unchecked, would deteriorate to a perilous state. It’s not the fault of the nineteenth century engineers. They knew that wood [...]

Water spotters

Posted on June 22nd, 2009 by Phil in Phil Says

A San Diego, CA suburb has come up with an ingenious approach to enforcing water conservation regulations: the Neighborhood Watch Program!
At the risk of pitting neighbor against neighbor, the City of Poway, California has instituted a web- and phone- based reporting system for residents to report water wasting practices such as sprinklers operating during rain [...]

Friend of Rainwater, Paul Lauenstein, has come up with a very interesting approach to sustainable lawn care.  I know this fellow and he is committed on a local level to sustainable practices.  I think his idea is worthy of support of the sustainable community—so please take a look at his brief write up and give support [...]

By issuing a State of Emergency Proclamation on Friday 2/27/09,  the Governor has formally declared a state of emergency for the State of California due to the protracted drought being experienced by the state.  The proclamation includes  18 directives and 3 requests for coordination and cooperation among various stakeholders, many of which directly or indirectly [...]

One solution: raise the price of water

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by Water Nymph in Phil Says

The World Bank has released an overview of China’s water scarcity situation which includes some solutions—one of which is raising the price of water.
While water allocation is a big problem in China, the report states that “The economic costs of disease and premature deaths associated with the excessive incidence of diarrhea and cancer [the result [...]


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