Big Changes

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

FiretruckiStock_000004860932XSmallAnd 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 projects. And their commitment to the application of low impact development design principles in protecting the nation’s water resources from the impacts of stormwater flows makes us a great match.

This union is big for a number of reasons, but the biggest for me is that we can leverage our harvesting expertise into a scale that helps us deliver on our vision. At Geosyntec, rather than implementing positive impacts to the environment by mostly single-project initiatives, we’ll be able to make a much bigger impact at the  watershed and in some cases on the entire urban or metropolitan area scale.  The value of what we bring and the consequences of our work on the environment just got much bigger.

It feels good to be part of the Geosyntec team, to concentrate on what we do best. Right now that means jumping right into new projects and assisting Geosyntec teams around the US in developing business opportunities with broader project scopes involving harvesting and integrated stormwater management systems.. Most of the people I meet are already on board the rainwater harvesting bandwagon, so my role as an evangelist has diminished. Instead, I step right to implementation.

For example, the project we’re working on in Washington, DC includes s tormwater control, capture and reuse of roof and potentially surface water at two firestations in the District that will not only provide water for the daily washing of the firetrucks, but also for priming on-board “first responder” water tanks in the fire trucks themselves. Resulting in a greener District.

And there are so many more projects – some could only be characterized as huge. One project I’m really excited about is a low-to-moderate income housing rehab. An incredible group of developers are greening urban areas with solar, harvesting and enhanced stormwater management.  Really exciting times in the water biz. So stay tuned – updates to follow.

  1. Clay R. Larsen said on April 1st, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Phil,

    Very happy to hear about your successful merger with Geosyntec. Your vision is needed to confront the formidable water challenges at hand.

    best regaurds



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