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Using Rainwater for Fire Protection According to NFPA

 

 

Fire Protection Water Solutions

Pioneer Water Tanks America exhibited and spoke at the 2019 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo. We provide residential and commercial water storage solutions with NFPA compliant fire protection options.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks America presented Using Rainwater for Fire Protection, with regards to NFPA 13 A.23.21.

 

Rainwater has become a sustainable water source for many applications. NFPA 13 A.23.21 stipulates that recycled or reclaimed water that has been properly analyzed for quality, is adequate for fire protection use. We will present successful past projects and general steps to implementing rainwater for fire protection.

Presentation Resources:

 

1. NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=13

 

2. NFPA Dynamics of Wildfire: Where is there available water?

https://www.nfpa.org/assets/gallery/firewise/operationWater/step2_4.htm

 

3. Minnesota Stormwater Manual: Stormwater and rainwater harvest and use/reuse combined

https://stormwater.pca.state.mn.us/index.php?title=Stormwater_and_rainwater_harvest_and_use/reuse_combined

 

4. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Rainwater Harvesting for Fire Protection

https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/fire-protection/

 

5. The Jefferson Monticello Historical Preservation: Cisterns

https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/cisterns

Using Rainwater for Fire Protection, NFPA 13 A.23.21. by Pioneer Water Tanks America

Pioneer Water Tanks are compliant with NFPA National Fire Protection Association standards for fire protection applications. Fire protection packages come with a complete set of engineer-approved drawings with an option to add an engineer-stamped cover letter specifically for the project.

 

 

We offer a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a fire-protection solution that will last.

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2019 Dealer and Installer Conference

The 2019 Pioneer Water Tanks America Dealer Conference: Leading the Way in Water happened on April 26th - 27th, at the Retreat at Balcones Springs in Marble Falls. The gathering included our dealer and installer network that came from Australia, Mexico, California, and from around Texas.

 

Scott Barnett with Pioneer Water Tanks opened with announcements and a presentation on the newest innovations and acquisition. Be on the lookout for Pioneer Water Tanks America announcing these developments from research and development.

Jessica Huntington followed with marketing presentations focusing on growing our markets and providing the best customer service in water storage. Pioneer Water Tanks Year in Review and Updates were presented by Ashlea Keith. Richard Dunfield followed with Fire Protection and Fire Fitting Options with an introduction to our featured speaker.

Jessica Huntington

Ashlea Keith

Richard Dunfield

Gilead R. Ziemba, P.E., M.Sc. Partner and Sr. Fire Protection Engineer for the Fire Protection Consulting Group, LLC (link) spoke on NFPA 22 Standard for Water Tanks for Fire Protection. Mr. Ziemba covered fire tank basics and their purpose, tank sizing, and components that align with NFPA 22 standards.

Colin Chatfield presented “Sales Process and Customer Tracking” focusing on his area of management, California.

 

Learn more about the water storage needs and solutions of California:

 

California Water Storage Tanks

 

California Fire Protection Water Tanks

Pioneer Water Tanks America announced the 2019 Awards to showcase our network of businesses.

Top Texas Sales 2019 Award Winner Harvested Rain Solutions is based in Austin, Texas as the Rainwater Management Company that Makes Every Drop Count!

 

Harvested Rain Solutions was founded in 2008 to make better use of the tens of thousands of gallons of water that run off roofs every year in the Austin area. Rainwater harvesting is a solution to water shortages that originates literally right over our heads! HRS is a Texas State Licensed Irrigation Contractor and can help with the full development of an RWH system from collection to use.

 

HarvestedRainSolutions.com

 

Call (877) 693-2166

The 2019 Top California Sales Award goes to WaterMark H20 in Santa Cruz, California, providing complete design, installation water solutions for residential and commercial projects across California.

Watermark Rainwater Harvesting

The Watermark H2O team has collectively been in the residential and commercial building industry for well over forty years. Providing water storage, fire protection, greywater solutions throughout California.

 

WatermarkRainwaterHarvesting.com

 

Call (408) 690-7581

The 2019 Top Pioneer Water Tanks Mexico Sales Winner Apromsa meets the needs of industrial, agricultural and livestock water storage, as well as provide other system solutions.

 

"Nuestra misión es satisfacer las necesidades de almacenamiento de agua de nuestro principal cliente usted."

 

Apromsa.com

 

Call 01 (871) 7 57 52 78

The Lakota Water Company extensive rainwater and water treatment systems across the United States with excellence in customer service is recognized as 2019 Best in Customer Service with Pioneer Water Tanks America.

Lakota Water Company in Texas

 

Incorporating in 2002 as Rossing’s, Inc. d/b/a Lakota Water Company, the staff and crews have serviced nearly 1,000 customers across the nation with either rainwater harvesting or water treatment needs, both residential and commercial. Specializing in the installation of large-scale potable rainwater harvesting systems, the company is also known for consulting, design, and inspections of rainwater systems.

 

LakotaWaterCompany.com

 

Call (512) 858-0860

The 2019 Big Project Award is Harvest Rain // Rainwater Services for their Champion Ranch XL 150/02 Pioneer Water Tanks with 180,000-Gallons of rainwater storage. Expect the biggest and best from this expert Dripping Springs, Texas-based company.

 

Harvest Rain is a full service rainwater company providing rainwater collection and turn-key NFPA fire protection systems for residential and commercial needs in Texas.

 

HarvestRain.com

 

Call 512-645-2955

FLOW Rainwater Systems, LLC are recognized as the 2019 Pioneer Water Tanks America Sales Growth Award and are based in the New Braunfels, Texas area. Talk with Flow Rainwater Systems to find the absolute best water storage solution to fit your needs and your budget.

FLOW wants to help you find the absolute best water storage solution to fit your needs and your budget. We network with some of the most qualified specialists in the industry to ensure you are getting what you pay for and walking with you every step of the process.

 

FlowRainwater.com

 

Call (832) 384-6550

All-Tex Irrigation & Supply stands out for 2019 Pioneer Water Tanks America Best Business Branding with projects that help their local San Angelo, Texas area and top-notch customer satisfaction. They are featured for their Kirby Park project and are local sponsors of several community events.

 

All-Tex Irrigation & Supply was established in 1987, we provide expertise in all your water needs. Serving San Angelo and the surrounding areas, we have solutions for irrigation systems, sprinkler systems, new wells, replacement wells, water pressure problems, and booster pump systems and more.

 

AllTexIrrigation.com

 

Call (325) 949-1172

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Providing Clean and Fresh Rainwater Storage

Rainwater harvesting is legal across America, with eight states that have restrictions. For example, Colorado residents can legally collect rainwater but only up to 150-Gallons, according to Colorado House Bill 16-1005 (2016)

 

(Learn More about the Legality of Rainwater Harvesting)

 

Rainwater is a clean, sustainable water source with the perfect pH for plants that is untouched by ground contamination. It’s a widely used water source, even in dry and arid regions. In Texas, it’s encouraged by the State with sales tax exemptions as well as local financial incentives. (Learn More)

Rainwater harvesting can be done on a small DIY scale with a rain barrel, but anything larger than that should require a professional who has the accreditation and experience. We recommend working with an ARCSA, American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, Accredited rainwater professional to ensure that your system will be up to standard.

 

Successful rainwater systems start with a few considerations:

 

- the annual rainfall in your area

- what the water will be used for

- if the property has access to another water source such as a utility main or a water well

- Roof collection area, rooftop materials, downspout locations, and gutter system

Rainwater systems are designed for these considerations. You wouldn’t want a system that stores too much or too little rainwater to fulfill your water needs. Some residential and commercial properties will run their entire water system off of their rainwater tank, while yet others keep it separate to supply a specific purpose like irrigation.

The basic rainwater system breaks down to

 

The Rooftop Collection Area: True rainwater harvesting systems only use a building roof to collect rain from. Collecting water from anything else would probably be considered something else.

 

The Gutter System: The gutter system needs to have a filter that removes organic matter, like seamless gutters.

 

Downspouts and Conveyance: When a rainwater system is installed after a house is already built, the location of everything can determine where the rainwater system is located.

 

Rainwater Storage Tank: Pioneer Water Tanks are the top of the line water storage system that ensures that your water is fresh and clean.

 

Pump / Filters / Other Accessories: All of these things are entirely dependent on the system needs and what it will be used for. Some systems use gravity, while others use pumps and filtration.

We supply Pioneer Water Tanks to keep rainwater fresh and clean for later use. Rainwater is protected within our exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner, that’s BPA-Free and NSF-61 Certified with antimicrobial technology embedded into the top layer. From storage to use, rainwater is used as a drinking water source and for domestic purposes worldwide.

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Collecting Rain Today for a Better Tomorrow

Turn your roof into a water collection source with rainwater harvesting. Texas has one of the most comprehensive laws protecting rainwater harvesting, the Texas House Bill 3391. In 2001, Texas excluded components of rainwater harvesting systems from sales tax, Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code.

 

To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase. Link to the Sales Tax Exemption Form for Texas:

Harvesting rainwater for later use in irrigation, as a drinking water source or replacing your other water needs:

 

- Saves money on water purchasing through a utility or other water source

- Reduces demand on the municipal water supply

- Reduces flooding, erosion, and contamination of surface water with contaminants

- Provides a clean, pH balanced water source that is free of salts and other minerals that can harm plant root growth.

Rainwater harvesting can be used both in large-scale landscapes, such as parks, schools, commercial sites, parking lots and apartment complexes, and for personal home use. ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, is a nationally recognized accredited professional organization that can certify that the company that you work with will design and install a system up to standard.

 

The following are a few of the vast array of free resources and manuals about rainwater harvesting.

AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Link to Manual

The Texas Water Development Board Rainwater Harvesting Manual
Link to Manual

Rainwater Harvesting Potential and Guidelines for Texas, by the The Texas Water Development Board
Link to Guide

Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Link to Guide

TCEQ Harvesting, Storing, and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use
Link to Guide

Rainwater Harvesting and ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association
Link to Guide

 

All of the resources above are linked below with the full urls listed.

 

The Texas Water Development Board Rainwater Harvesting Manual

http://www.twdb.texas.gov/publications/brochures/conservation/doc/RainwaterHarvestingManual_3rdedition.pdf

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting Manual

https://pioneerwatertanksamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/AgriLifeRainwaterHarvestingManual.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting Potential and Guidelines for Texas, by The Texas Water Development Board

https://www.edwardsaquifer.net/pdf/RainwaterCommitteeFinalReport.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting for Livestock by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wcmg/files/2012/05/RWHLivestock8.pdf

 

TCEQ Harvesting, Storing and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use

https://txmg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wcmg/files/2012/05/TCEQDomestic3.pdf

 

Rainwater Harvesting and ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

http://www.arcsa-edu.org/Files/ARCSA_Basic_08_11_TriFold2012.pdf

 

Our local dealer and installer network provide rainwater systems across Texas for homes and businesses. Call or fill out the contact form to get started.

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Fire Protection Water Tanks

Pioneer Water Tanks comply with NFPA 22 standards for fire protection water tanks. The tank body and roof are made of Zincalume® Steel, proven to withstand fire immersion. Our full lines of firefighting adapters and nozzles are compatible with fire hoses across North America.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks can be configured for cyclonic and seismic conditions, as well as heavy industrial zones. Additional accessories are available for different compliance needs. Outfit your tank with anti-vortex fittings and firefighting adapters for quick access during a fire emergency.

 

Commercial and residential properties that do not have an adequate water supply for local authority requirements can be supplied with a water storage tank for a building permit. We offer optional engineering packages for the permit process when needed. Our engineering packages are based on for the project and application.

Why Choose Pioneer Water Tanks for Fire Protection?

 

1. Pioneer Water Tanks are used for fire protection as the longest-lasting water storage that can double as a drinking water source. Our fire protection water tanks work well with local fire code authority requirements and our optional engineering packages make the permit process easier.

2. Pioneer fire-protection tanks are designed to exceed NFPA National Fire Protection Association standards, as required by the American Fire Code, for fire-water storage. Fire protection packages come with a complete set of engineer-approved drawings.

3. Pioneer offers a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 3,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a fire-protection solution that will last.

4. Pioneer Water Tanks are made of Zincalume® steel that has been proven to withstand fire immersion and resist corrosion, ensuring the safety of your water supply in even the worst emergencies. Our full line of anti-vortex and fire-fighting adapters ensure water is always available for quick access during a fire emergency.

5. Pioneer Water Tanks’ 30-Year dedication to providing the longest-lasting water storage that is always ready, works well for the rough environment and for commercial applications. Our tanks are used as a water source for firefighting for properties without any other water source and as a water source for fire departments. Our standard capacities and accessories are quoted to the project requirements to get you the best price possible.

 

Go to Fire Protection Water Tanks Website

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Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with Long-Lasting Storage

The Lower Colorado River Authority offers rebates for rainwater systems to qualifying customers. The LCRA may provide rebates for 50% of the total cost, up to $600, per residential property for upgrades to conserve water and increase efficiency.

 

Rebate eligibility for LCRA customers is based on:

 

- Being a Lower Colorado River Authority domestic use customer.

- You are a resident who receives water from one of these LCRA water customers. The City of Austin customers are eligible for rebates from Austin Water. See the Rebate from Austin Water

- The rainwater system must be for non-potable use.

- The system must have a storage capacity of 100 gallons or more.

- Receipts and photos of the equipment up for the rebate must be submitted with the application.

 

Go to the application:

The rainwater harvesting system rebate program is a part of the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance to protect water quality as well as is an initiative to respond to stormwater pollution. Rainwater harvesting systems capture rooftop rain runoff for later sustainable use, instead of letting it run off and become possible stormwater pollution. Using a rainwater system for domestic purposes also reduces utility water use that can help with water availability.

 

On average, a rainwater system can collect 600 gallons of water per inch of rain for every 1,000 square feet of rooftop collection space. The State of Texas is one of the most encouraging state governments for rainwater systems with the House Bill 3391 (2011). HB 3391 is one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive pieces of legislation regarding rainwater harvesting in recent years. Link to Bill

 

All rainwater collection/harvesting equipment is exempt from sales tax, within the State of Texas, per Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. Link to Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase. An itemized receipt must be submitted with the application within 60‐days of installation. The receipt must include date, vendor name and address, the amount paid, and capacity of the tank.

 

See the Tax Exemption Form

Eligible water customers of LCRA include:

 

Aqua Texas (Barton Creek Lakeside Utilities), Aqua Texas (Rivercrest Water System), Buena Vista Water System, City of Burnet, City of Cedar Park, City of Cottonwood Shores, City of Granite Shoals, City of Horseshoe Bay, City of Lago Vista, City of Leander, City of Marble Falls, City of Pflugerville, Corix Utilities, Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation, Hays County, WCID #1, Hays County, WCID #2, Reunion Ranch, WCID, Hidden Valley Subdivision, Cooperative Hurst Creek, MUD, Inverness Point Water System, Jonestown Water Supply, Corporation Kingsland Water Supply, Corporation Lakeway, MUD #1, Lazy Nine, MUD 1-A, Sail Haven Water System, Llano County, MUD #1 Loop 360 Water Supply, Corporation Pecan Utilities, Company Peninsula Bluffs, PK-RE Development, Company Senna Hills, MUD, Travis County, MUD #10, Travis County, MUD #12, Travis County MUD #4, Travis County WCID #17, Travis County WCID #18, Travis County WCID #20, Travis County WCID, Point Venture Village of Briarcliff, West Travis County, PUA Windermere Oaks Water Supply Corporation

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Providing Harris County with Water Storage for Fire Protection

Harris County requires permits and plan submittals for new fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems to include providing the required water supply, the fire flow, for the building.

 

FIRE-FLOW: The flow rate of a water supply, measured at 20 pounds per square inch (psi) (138 kPa) residual pressure, that is available for fire fighting.

 

FIRE-FLOW CALCULATION AREA: The floor area, in square feet (m2) used to determine the required fire flow.

 

Link to Harris County Fire Flow worksheet:

The Harris County Fire Flow worksheet is based off of the National Fire Academy (NFA) method of calculating fire flow.

 

Needed fire flow = [(length x width) ÷ 3] x percent of involvement

 

Example: For a 30' x 50' building that’s 25 percent involved, the flow would be 30 x 50 = 1,500 square feet, divided by 3 = 500 x 0.25 = 125 GPM.

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Houston Fire Code as Relevant to Fire Flow

 

507.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction.

 

508.1 Required water supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction. A water supply as otherwise required by this section will not be required if the responsible emergency services district or fire department provides a letter stating they can provide sufficient fire flow for the specific project.

 

2808.18 Fire protection response plan: • Local fire department is a participant in the plan • Local fire department has a copy of the fire prevention response plan 32 • Employees are trained and can perform their role in an emergency • Heavy equipment with trained operators to separate and work piles is on site or immediately available • Adequate water supply: fixed hydrants, portable tanks, ponds, other sources • Adequate pressure and flow rate at all locations on site (minimum of 250 GPM at 60 PSI)

Link to the City of Houston Fire Code: Link

One fire sprinkler can use on average eight gallons-per-minute (GPM). Most home fire sprinkler systems accommodate two simultaneous flowing sprinklers, with a minimum need of 16 GPM to supply them with water. The size of a house, local building requirements and the water source may require more sprinklers or be required at a higher pump rate. One or two sprinklers must flow for a minimum of 7-10 minutes, which can be provided by a well tank or a rainwater tank when sprinklers are not supplied by a water distribution system. Fire sprinkler systems that aren’t supplied enough by a utility water source, need an on hand water supply of at least 15% of the total required fire flow (but exact percentage is based on local authority requirements).

Additional water storage ensures that your property has water on hand for emergencies, typically with its own pump system that won’t go down in case of electricity failure. This becomes even more important, if not required, based on how rural the property location is.

 

Rural water distribution systems that are found to be inadequate to supply 16 GPM for fire sprinklers, would probably fall short of the minimum code-required plumbing demand, and it would surely fall far short of the 1,000+ GPM needed from fire hydrants to support a fire department extinguishing a fire in a home without a sprinkler system.

In order to figure out the exact fire flow requirements, refer to the local Fire and Building Codes, as well as refer to the local pre-inspection requirements. If fire flow must be measured in regards to the local Fire Code, the ICC International Code Council provides a chart to show fire flow requirements based on the of building construction and square footage. The ICC Construction Types that determine the fire flow, are listed in the drop-down below. The calculation uses the ICC minimum required fire-flow and flow duration for buildings.

TYPE I-A--Fire Resistive Non-combustible (Commonly found in high-rise buildings and Group I occupancies).

    • 3 Hr. Exterior Walls*
    • 3 Hr. Structural Frame
    • 2 Hr. Floor/Ceiling Assembly
    • 1 ½ Hr. Roof Protection

 

TYPE I-B--Fire Resistive Non-Combustible (Commonly found in mid-rise office & Group R buildings).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 2 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 2 Hr. Ceiling/Floor Separation
  • 1 Hr. Ceiling/Roof Assembly

 

TYPE II-A--Protected Non-Combustible (Commonly found in newer school buildings).

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection

 


 

TYPE II-B--Unprotected Non-Combustible (the Most common type of non-combustible construction used in
commercial buildings).

  • Building constructed of non-combustible materials but these materials have no fire resistance.

 

TYPE III-A--Protected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction with brick or block walls and a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is 1-hour fire protected).

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof Protection

 

TYPE III-B--Unprotected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction; has brick or block walls with a
wooden roof or floor assembly which is not protected against fire. These buildings are frequently found in
"warehouse" districts in older cities.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • No fire resistance for structural frame, floors, ceilings, or roofs.

 


 

TYPE IV--Heavy Timber (also known as "mill" construction; to qualify all wooden members must have a
minimum nominal dimension of 8 inches.)

  • 2 Hr. Exterior Walls*
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame or Heavy Timber
  • Heavy Timber Floor/Ceiling/Roof Assemblies

 

TYPE V-A--Protected Wood Frame (Commonly used in the construction of newer apartment buildings; there is
no exposed wood visible.)

  • 1 Hr. Exterior Walls
  • 1 Hr. Structural Frame
  • 1 Hr. Floor/Ceiling/Roof

 

TYPE V-B--Unprotected Wood Frame (Examples of Type V-N construction are single-family homes and
garages. They often have exposed wood so there is no fire resistance.)

The following calculation uses the ICC Fire Flow based on the above construction types of square footage of the building. The chart below reflects the calculation as well.

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Only Pioneer Can Protect Rainwater Clean Enough to Drink

Rainwater can be collected off of a rooftop as a sustainable water source and stored in a Pioneer Water Tank for later use. Depending on the system set up, the rainwater can be used for domestic and in some cases, as the primary drinking water source. Rainwater systems vary from a simple barrel set up to completely supplying water for a building or home and can be used as a water source for firefighting. There are even rainwater systems set up as a wildlife water source or as a stormwater management technique.

 

Using a rainwater system is beneficial because it reduces demand on existing water supply, and reduces runoff, erosion, and contamination of surface water. When designing a rainwater system, the first step is to decide the goal and use of the water.

Storing the rainwater in the right capacity and properly is key to avoiding contamination and overflow. Rainwater tanks must be properly screened and secured without allowing sunlight into the tank. Rainwater storage tanks must have an inlet, outlet, overflow, vent, and inspection or service port.

Pioneer Water Tanks were engineered to protect water from the very start. The entire design and quality materials are chosen as the best possible way to keep water fresh and clean.

 

- The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner inside of the tank stores the rainwater safely. The NSF 61 Certified, Antimicrobial, BPA-Free tank liner has a 65-year lifespan and is covered by our warranty. (Learn  More)

 

- The V-LOCK corrugation style of the tank body is unique to Pioneer Water Tanks and provides the ultimate strength and durability. The V-LOCK corrugation allows for the tank liner to be attached down the tank walls to alleviate the stress to the liner from the weight. Most tank liners are attached only at the top which can lead to stretching and breakdown of the liner - which is why Pioneer Water Tanks attach our liner to the corrugation. (Learn More)

 

- All of our standard accessories, as well as our optional additions, are to improve the quality of rainwater stored. This includes filtering rainwater through a thousand count mesh filter, and including an inlet, outlet, overflow pipe and vent specified for drinking water storage tanks.

The quality of the rainwater tank determines how well the water will be stored for later use. Using a poly tank, for example, will mean that it shouldn’t be used as a drinking water source because of leaching but it should still be properly sealed to prevent mosquitos. There are places like Hawaii that see cases of diseases from water contamination including Leptospirosis. Preventing contamination should be the primary goal of your rainwater tank with filtration post-storage if used as a drinking water source.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are engineered as the top-tier rainwater tank to protect your water supply from contamination. They are implemented worldwide for their longevity and quality of storage that is proven to keep your water fresher for longer. If you would like to store rainwater in a large capacity, get started with your local Pioneer Water Tanks accredited dealer for your best price.

Resources on Rainwater Harvesting:

  • The Texas AgriLife Guide to Rainwater Storage Tanks (Link)

  • The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting (Link)

  • Laws and regulations for rainwater harvesting in the United States (Link)

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Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with Long-Lasting Storage

The City of Round Rock, Texas offers rebates for rainwater systems for qualifying residents. City of Round Rock water customers are eligible, while MUD customers are not. The City is incentivizing rainwater systems as a water conservation effort to reduce utility water use for irrigation.

 

Go to application:

The maximum rebate offered is $600 per qualifying resident, per year. The rebate can be used only for non-potable systems to use for irrigation and other domestic purposes. The City rebate is intended to go towards the cost of the water storage tank, pad material, pump, pipes, and gutters if needed. The system cannot be connected to the City’s water supply.

 

Other eligibility requirements:

 

- Applicant must be a direct City of Round Rock water customer in good standing. (MUD customers are not eligible)

 

- An itemized receipt must be submitted with the application within 60‐days of installation. The receipt must include date, vendor name and address, the amount paid, and capacity of the tank.

 

- The applicant is responsible for obtaining HOA approval, if applicable. HOAs cannot prohibit rainwater harvesting in the City of Round Rock; however, they may dictate where the system may be located on your property.

 

- Rebates are available until funds have been expended. Visit roundrocktexas.gov/rebates for available rebates. Once funds are exhausted the rebate program will no longer appear on the website.

All rainwater collection/harvesting equipment is exempt from sales tax, within the State of Texas, per Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must furnish a Tax Exemption Application Form 01‐339 to the supplier at the time of purchase.

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Providing Rainwater Storage Clean Enough to Drink

The City of Sunset Valley offers financial incentive rebates for rainwater systems to encourage water conservation. Qualifying residents can receive up to $3,500 per household towards the cost of water storage tanks, gutters, leaf screens, first-flush diverters, conveyance piping and for water treatment systems.

 

Pre-Eligibility requirements include:

 

- The system must have at least 900 gallons in the storage volume
- The approved building permit for the system
- Rebate approval through a pre-inspection with a Public Works representative before commencing work on the system
- The system must last for a minimum of 20 years
- The rainwater cistern(s) must be either UV resistant or enclosed/painted Rebates will be issued after the system is installed and inspected by a Public - Works representative and a final cost report submitted.

Pioneer Water Tanks America dealer network can design a rainwater system that complies with the requirements for the City of Sunset rebates and can submit plans for the inspection of a Public Works representative.

 

Below are a few rainwater systems by authorized dealers and installers of Pioneer Water Tanks America

The rebates available for the City of Sunset Valley for rainwater harvesting systems are:

 

- For the first $500.00 spent, 100% of the cost can be rebated back to the qualifying resident.

 

- For systems that cost more than $500.00, half of the cost can be rebated back with a total rebate of $3,500 available per household.

 

Homes with metal, slate or clay roofs can collect water for potable purposes. Other roof types can only use collected water for irrigation purposes.

 

 

Qualifying Residents Eligibility:

 

- A pre-inspection must be completed before being approved for a rebate.

 

- A system must collect a minimum of 300 gallons and be able to store one inch of rainfall based on roof catchment area. Most homes will need to collect at least 900 gallons of water.

 

- The system should last for a minimum of 20 years.

 

- Tank specifications must be included in the application.

 

- Tanks should be UV resistant or enclosed/painted.

 

- Rebates will be issued after the system is installed and inspected by a Public Works representative and a final cost report submitted.

- Approved Building Permit.

 

To apply please submit:

 

1.) Completed Application (link)

 

2.) Site Plan including layout of buildings, streets, and proposed tank location.

 

3.) System drawing including design calculations and how water will travel from the roof to the tank and then where the water will be used.

 

4.) Operation and maintenance guide explaining how the system works and how it will be maintained.

The State of Texas allows components of rainwater systems to be sales-tax free. View the Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code (link). In order to have your system components be sales-tax free, you must fill out a Texas Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 and give it to the supplier at the time of purchase.

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