Friday, September 25, 2009

RainTube Solves Clogged Gutters

What good is a rainwater harvesting system of any kind if your gutters are clogged? RainTankDepot has a solution and it is third-party certified GREEN!

RainTube – Gutter Protection System

Infinite capacityModular and lightweightAdapts to any size or shapeInstalls by hand - without heavy equipmentThird party certified green

RainTube used in custom residential applications reduces maintenance and improves the functionality of gutters. Helps prevent damage caused by uncontrolled rainwater runoff increasing life of structure. RainTube improves collection efficiency of rooftop rainwater harvesting and catchment systems. A green product, RainTube is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.RainTube provides economical, effective gutter protection for investment properties including offices, apartments, and town-homes. Normal investment payback within 2 years on reduced maintenance alone.

Versatile and Affordable
RainTube can be configured to work with any roofing material from asphalt shingle to slate and even works with flat or low-pitch commercial systems.
RainTube retrofits neatly into existing installations with no mechanical attachments to the structure or roof.
RainTube protects homes, wineries, horse arenas, barns, storage and industrial facilities. Works well with oversized box, half-round, copper and custom sized gutters.
The patented RainTube material is pourous and fits snugly into the body of the gutter keeping debris high up out of the water where it can dry out quickly. Water flows in great volumes around and through the tube via thousands of tiny passageways. In most installations, RainTube "crowns" slightly above the top of the gutter creating a slippery aerodynamic surface that removes most debris with a natual breeze. Any remaining stubborn debris can be easily removed with a light brushing or blowing whenever the roof is maintained.RainTube collects water as fast as an open gutter. In fact, RainTube collects water so fast that in a storm the bottom of the gutter is scrubbed clean as rain passes through. RainTube will not deteriorate and is virtually invisible when in place. Plus, it prevents snow and ice buildup in cold climates and can even be fitted with an optional heating element.The job of the rain gutter is to catch and direct water away from the structure. Normal gutters don't work because they are only half a solution (like an engine without gas). Their open design means they collect all forms of clogging debris.Once clogged, the water can backup and overflow causing roof leaks, dry-rot, termite infestations, foundation settlement, basement flooding, landscape erosion, and wall and siding damage -- resulting in lost value and expensive repair bills. Even when it’s not raining, trapped debris holds moisture, accelerating deterioration of the gutters. When the debris is dry, it creates a fire hazard on your roof.

100 feet of RainTube (shipped in 2 bundles of 10 – 5’ tubes)
2 End Caps
3’ of RainSock

Friday, September 18, 2009

Garden Pal™ 100 Gallon Rain Barrel

Rain Tank Depot set out to design the most economical rainwater collection barrel on the market. What we came up with is the Garden Pal™ Rain Barrel. The Garden Pal™ isn't a scuffed, recycled barrel that smells like olive oil or pickles; it's constructed from 100% virgin UV inhibited polyethylene resin that complies with FDA regulations for potable water storage. The pigments used for color help to suppress algae growth. The Garden Pal series continues to be the lightest, most affordable, and easy-to-install rain barrels yet to reach the market. The Garden Pal Rain Barrel arrives with a 16mesh mosquito-proof screened basket installed and a 3/4" male hose adapter. Place the Garden Pal under your downspout, attach your garden or soaker hose, and watch your garden bloom (regardless of municipal water restrictions)! While this rain barrel weighs a user-friendly 25 pounds, the dimensions are too large for UPS and need to ship by LTL truck. Oftentimes, the freight rate remains the same whether you order one, two, or four Rain Barrels. To help you get the most for your money, we have created multi-barrel packs for those who want to combine their rain barrel orders with friends, family, and/or neighbors for drastic reductions in shipping costs.

Farmer's Almanac - A Classic Still Going Strong

In an age when everything is available online, maybe it's no surprise that the Old Farmer's Almanac — a cheery compendium of farm lore, homemaking and weather predictions — has hit the Internet.
Still, much of the material, including gestation and mating tables for all manner of farm animals, isn't typically associated with the digital age.
But it's right there at, although you'll have to pay for the sacred heart of the 218-year-old publication: the region-specific calendar that includes the skywatch, lunar tables, sunrise and sunset hours, tide times and solar declinations. That costs a whopping $5.99, same as the print version.
"We try to be contemporary but also to remain timeless," says Janice Stillman, editor of the New Hampshire-based publication since 2000. "Our motto is, 'Useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.' "
Stillman was in Denver on Monday, promoting the almanac. "We try to mix valuable information with the wacky and offbeat," she says.
Which is why the 2010 edition includes a story on "madstones," small, rocky orbs found in the stomachs of ruminants that supposedly can leach toxins from wounds.
The Old Farmer's Almanac, started in Massachusetts by Robert B. Thomas, has published continuously since 1792. Today it comes in four versions: U.S. and Canadian editions, plus editions specific to the West and South. The total print run is 3.2 million copies.
While still going strong in the era of iPods and BlackBerrys, the almanac hews to rural earnestness inside its trademark yellow cover.
Readers find a mix of folklore, history, short biographies, homilies and wry wit.
Advertisements skew toward beeswax candles, composters, wood stoves and tillers. Even an ad for the Jitterbug cellphone emphasizes simplicity: "It doesn't play music, take pictures, or surf the Internet."
Given that the almanac was founded when America was an agrarian society, what does it offer contemporary readers? Plenty, Stillman says.
"The almanac has a big urban gardening component that reflects what's going on in the economy," she says. "It's useful at a time when many people are converting part of their yards into organic gardens."
Hence a 10-page "Manure Manual." "The almanac was green before it was fashionable," Stillman says.
She is quick to concede the pure nostalgia of the almanac, whose cover, replete with woodcuts of seasonal farm activities, remains constant, save for the change of year.
"It's pretty remarkable," Stillman says. "It's an American icon. Yes, people use it, but a lot of folks feel they just need to have it around, if for no other reason than their parents and grandparents did."
Oh, one more thing: The almanac predicts a cold winter for our neck of the woods, but with below-average snowfall.

Love Your Garden?

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Friday, September 4, 2009

How Much Rain Can Be Collected Off My Roof?

It's a common question from folks looking into the idea of installing rain barrels at their home or business. Chris Glen, Director of Operations for RainTankDepot was kind enough to give us the simplest answer we've been able to find.
To find out how much water your roof will collect you first need to calculate the catchment area. L=total length of your house W=total width of your house (L+eaves)x(W+eaves)=Catchment
(36+4)x(46+4)=2000sq.ft. -1 inch of rainfall can provide an average of 600 gallons per 1000 sq ft. catchmen tarea. (Catchment area/1000)x600gallons=total gallons of water collected per1 inch of rainfallExample: (2000/1000)x600gallons=1200gallons.
To find out how much you will collect in a year:
Total gallons of rain water per sq.inch x average rainfall per year in inches=total gallons per year Example: 1200 gallons of water per sq. inch x 20 inches of rainfall a year=24000 gallons!

A Fine-Looking Rain Tank

If you are looking to conserve water, rain collection barrels are a terrific option. The rain harvesting devices allow you to collect water that would otherwise just run off of your property and never get used. As this method of collecting water is gaining popularity, the number of these rain barrels on the market has been increasing recently. This review is of the Achla RB-03 model.
Just from an initial visual appearance, this rain barrel different than most others. Today, most of the rain barrels that you can find on the market today are round. The Achla RB-03 is rectangular. From a placement standpoint, this type of shape offers great advantages -- chiefly the fact that it is flat on its side means that you can place it closer to a wall without have any wasted space. Since it's rectangular, it also takes up far less space than most round barrels.
Another advantage that this particular rain barrel has over other rain collection barrels is its color -- it's brown. The brown shade allows the barrel to blend in with most, typical garden environments and color schemes. A number of other rain barrels are green, and although green is probably a color that you think of with regard to gardening, the green barrels usually jump off the scene, visually, and are therefore quite noticeable. Of course, you may not view this as an advantage as color selection is a very personal decision.
The Achla has it spigot on the very bottom of the barrel. This is superior to most other rain barrels as it allows you to harvest all of the water from the barrel without having to tip it over which can be clumsy and awkward.
Since the barrels are rectangular, instead of round, you can easily place multiple units right next to one another. This allows you to collect even more rain water and store it in a smaller space. This is a great way to conserve water, save money, and help the environment.
A vast majority of the rain collection barrels that you can buy today are made of some type of plastic. The Achla RB-03 rain catcher is no exception. It too is made of durable plastic so it will last a very long time. Unlike most other models, it has a very nice, wood-grained finish.

There are many rain collection barrels on the market today. The Achla RB=-3 has many distinct advantages over some of the other rain barrels for sale today. If you are in the market to purchase one or more rain barrels, this model is worth consideration.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient and effective water conservation practice. Unfortunately, in modern times “rainwater harvesting” has often become associated with a mosquito-laden barrel in the backyard, lined with last year’s leaves and a resident frog or two.
The potential of rainwater harvesting systems is so much more. With proper design, these systems can transform a waste product (stormwater) into a valuable resource. Bringing rainwater harvesting into the commercial and residential mainstream will require increasing awareness of possible uses of rainwater, improved regulatory guidance and a greater understanding of all the potential environmental benefits of
Using harvested rainwater for water closets and urinals will be only part of the story at the Wellmark Blue Cross-Blue Shield headquarters now under construction in Des Moines, Iowa. Cisterns at this site will collect rainwater and conden­sate from the HVAC system to supply toilets and urinals and to be used for irrigation. During warmer months, when the demand for irrigation is highest, the water supply from the HVAC system condensate will also be highest. The cisterns are integrated into the site stormwater management plan, which offsets a portion of the initial cost of rainwater harvest­ing. This project is a prime example of the benefits of collab­orative design. Imagine the potential waste if the plumbing
stormwater management. Rainwater harvesting systems are also a perfect opportunity for coordination of services and design among the civil engineer, the plumbing engineer and the mechanical engineer (the butcher, the baker and the can­dlestick maker).
Harvested rainwater is often thought of only as an irriga­tion supply, but it can also be used indoors to meet non-potable water demands (and is approved in some localities for potable use). According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, restrooms, landscape and cooling and heating account for 87! of the water use in schools and 89! of the water use in office buildings (domestic use is included with restrooms in the reported figures for office buildings). Even if half of the restroom/domestic use requires potable water (handwashing, etc), the majority of water use at schools and office buildings is non-potable. The EPA’s guidance docu­ment, “Managing Wet Weather with Green Infrastructure: Municipal Handbook: Rainwater Harvesting Policies,” iden­tifies non-potable indoor water uses as toilets, urinals, laun­dry and cooling towers.
engineer designed a rainwater harvesting system, the civil engineer designed an underground detention system and the HVAC engineer designed a system to handle condensate.
In an article entitled, “President’s Viewpoint -the Need for Green Schools” in NE# T day, National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel stated, “Green schools are also a great teaching tool. If we want children to learn that human beings have a responsibility to be good stew­ards of natural resources, we have to teach them by example.”
At Burton School in Grand Rapids, Mich., rainwater from 11,000 square feet of roof is filtered and directed to a 10,000­gallon belowground storage tank, then used to flush 12 water closets. A water meter in the corridor lets students see how much water the system has saved. Based on daily rainfall data from Grand Rapids, if the school was used year round, this system could supply approximately 150,000 gallons of water per year.
Paula Leatherman, CPD from ProgressiveAE, who designed the rainwater harvesting system at Burton School, describes the process, saying, “Grand Rapids Public Schools
has made a commitment to sustainability for its facilities, and their last several projects have earned LEED® certification. During the Burton Elementary School project planning stage, administrators and designers discussed the different elements that would be appropriate for LEED points for this project. One way to acquire additional points for LEED is to use a non-potable water source to satisfy the building water needs. The concept of a rainwater harvesting system was researched. The district’s director of facilities expressed a deep interest in an educational approach to the aspect of rainwater harvesting, and so the groundwork was set for the system.
“Not only does the system help recognize a 52! total building water savings (according to LEED templates) but it also provides an educational tool that involves the students in the importance of preserving our natural resources. The design integrated a visual metering system located in a corri­dor display case where the kids are able to track the water sav­ings. This was one of the first rainwater harvesting systems in the city of Grand Rapids, and the first to utilize the system as an educational tool. Reusing rainwater for building needs is a viable direction in the construction industry, and we are exploring opportunities to implement similar systems in a variety of building types.”
At Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem, Va., which opened on March 9, 2009, a look at the whole site led to inno­vative design and increased energy efficiency. Water demands inside the facility outweigh the available rainwater supply, so harvested rainwater is used only for laundry. Because the laun­dry use is localized in one section of the building, the pumping and piping demands are decreased. However, the real energy savings occur with pre-heating of the rainwater for laundry. Water used to cool the pumps from the vacuum-assisted waste system enters a heat exchanger and pre-heats rainwater before it is pumped to the laundry. This 264,000-square-foot facility will be the first LEED-certified jail in the region.
Rainwater harvesting is often used just to earn LEED points through irrigation but can be a part of stormwater management and innovative design, in addition to water efficiency.
The potential impact of rainwater harvesting is staggering. According to the U.S. Census, the United States had almost 12 million more housing units in 2007 than in 2000. Assuming an average footprint of 1,500 square feet for each of these housing units and an average of 30 inches per year of precipitation, if all of these new housing units had rainwater harvesting systems, they could collect about 234 billion gal­lons of water per year, more than enough water to supply the entire city of Los Angeles. These rainwater harvesting sys­tems would also mean that there would be 234 billion gallons less of runoff into lakes, rivers and streams or into stormwater treatment facilities. Based on information from the Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center, 234 billion gallons of residential runoff will carry about 390 tons of phosphorus, 2,150 tons of nitrogen and 97,770 tons of sediment. While these nutrients and sediment are crucial for plant growth on land, they can wreak havoc in lakes and estuaries, causing algal blooms and fish kills.
The environmental benefits of rainwater harvesting even extend to energy use. According to the EPA, approximately 3! of energy use in the U.S. goes to drinking water and wastewater treatment. By using non-potable water, which requires less treatment, for non-potable uses and by greatly decreasing the distance that water is transported, rainwater harvesting provides an energy-efficient alternative to tradi­tional water systems. Rainwater harvesting even reduces strain on an aging water supply infrastructure.
These calculations are only for new residential devel­opment. Imagine how much greater the impact could be if commercial development was included. While rainwater harvesting is an old technology, the opportunities for inno­vation are by no means exhausted. Starting with a basic, established, system design to preserve the quality of the rainwater, the possibilities of producing a green solution are vast. Rainwater harvesting should continue advancing far beyond the leaf-filled barrel to becoming an integral part of whole-site water management. ■

Burger Joint Goes Green

Lawrence has been wetter than usual this summer, recording an inch more rain than average this month alone. Members of the Ad Astra Student Cooperative House, 1033 Kentucky St., are trying to capture some of it and put it to good use.
Three members of the house installed a rain barrel on the roof of Local Burger, 714 Vermont St., which is used to collect rain water. Local Burger then uses the collected rain to water their plants.
Mundia Filngawa, an employee at Local Burger, said the restaurant previously used tap water to water the plants, but are now using the water from the rain barrel in an effort to conserve water.
When the Ad Astra house moved in 2005, house members installed three rain barrels at the new location. They use the water on their garden, their lawn and on house plants as well.
“The vibe of student coop was sustainability,” said Ezra Huscher, Salina senior. “We used milk paints when we painted the house, which have less chemicals, and we recycle everything.”
The idea to install the rain barrel at Local Burger came from a previous house member who was friends with the owner of Local Burger and decided to get Ad Astra involved.
“He said, ‘I’m sure Ad Astra could do this for you,’” Huscher said. “So we came together as a house to get it done.”
Ian Stanford, Fairway senior, said he, Huscher and one other student were involved in the construction and installation of the rain barrel. They designed the barrel, which features a flexible spout on top to collect water, a faucet on the side to dispense the water, and an overflow hose on the side. They also had to do some landscaping, which included building a brick foundation to prevent erosion and creating a trail that leads excess run-off water to the parking lot. He said it took the three a full day of work to complete and it cost about $50 in materials.
Huscher estimates that a single inch of rain can easily fill the entire barrel because water flows off the roof and into the barrel. He said the rain barrels at the Ad Astra house were almost always full. The water is accessible through a faucet on the side, but Stanford said they were sure a “NON-POTABLE” label was displayed above it so it was clear the water was not safe to drink, but great for gardening.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Texas Rain Barrel Rebates

The city has announced a new rebate program to help residents save water. Through the rain barrel rebate program, city of San Marcos TX single-family residential water customers can receive up to a $50 rebate for purchasing and installing a qualifying rain barrel. Residents may receive rebates for up to two barrels per home. Barrels must be new, finished rain barrels sold solely for the purpose of collecting rainwater, and must have a capacity of 100 gallons or less. Barrels also must be screened or covered to restrict accessibility, and must be ultraviolet-resistant to prevent algae growth. According to San Marcos drought rules, rain water is considered an alternative source and is exempt from drought restrictions.For more information visit the city’s Web site at or contact Jan Klein at 393-8310.
The Garden Pal™ Rain Barrel is the most affordable qualifying barrel available.