All-in-one collection and storage rainwater tanks safely store water. Pioneer Water Tanks with added Smart Water Savers are the stand-alone rainwater collection system that can also be a part of larger collection space.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks with Smart Water Savers installed for rainwater collection
Pioneer Water Tanks with Smart Water Savers installed for rainwater collection

 

The option of installing Smart Water Savers onto the concave roof of a Pioneer Water Tank adds the collection space based on the size of the model chosen. Smart Water Savers are manufactured of food-grade, UV stabilized Polyethylene. The water flow slots are 1.2MM wide with the design to keep mosquitos and other contaminants out.

 

Smart Water Saver installed in the corrugated Pioneer Water Tanks roof
Smart Water Saver installed in the corrugated Pioneer Water Tanks roof

 

The trussing system of the corrugated Zincalume® Steel Pioneer Water Tank roof allows rainwater to flow through the Smart Water Savers, and in for safe storage. Inside of standard Pioneer Water Tanks is the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner for clean water storage. The AQUALINER® Fresh is BPA-free and NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage.

Pioneer Water Tanks partnered with SANITIZED® to embed the AQUALINER® Fresh with their patented antimicrobial technology that works to protect against the build-up of mold, algae, mildew, and biofilm. The antimicrobial technology is one more guarantee that water inside of a Pioneer Water Tanks is clean and fresh.

 

Roof Area (ft2) X Precipitation Amount (in) X 0.623 = Amount Collected (gallons)
The amount of rainwater that can be collected is based on roof area multiplied by the rainfall in inches and 0.623 (the quantity of water in gallons one inch deep in one square foot of space).

 

Rainwater Collection Tank Up Close
Rainwater Collection Tank Up Close

 

The XLR 23/02 Pioneer Water Tanks model has a 26-feet and 4-inch diameter for a roof area of 544.63 ft2. This model has the option of adding 214 Smart Water Savers for rainwater collection. In an area with an average annual rainfall of 23-inches, the rainwater collection tank can collect 8,004-gallons of rainwater using Smart Water Savers. This is effectively 27% of your tank volume that can be collected from the rooftop with Smart Water Savers annually.

 

Rainwater Collection Tanks are the perfect water source for residential and commercial needs. This all-in-one system works especially well for rural properties without existing structures that need a rainwater tank. Learn more about rainwater collection tanks at RainwaterCollectorTanks.com

 

 


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As rainwater comes down on the insulated metal roof, the only question is how much will be collected. The Pioneer Water Tank already has almost 25,000-gallons of clean rainwater safely stored away, but today’s gain is still great to have on hand. This is a reality for many Americans already living off of rainwater harvesting and utilizing it as a drinking water source.

 

Rainwater is a clean, sustainable water source that typically has an Alkaline pH with a lower mineral content than municipal water. Water quality standards are set by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) and also whether or not rainwater may be utilized as a drinking water source.

Although rainwater harvesting is legal in every single state and territory in the United States, there are seven states with restrictions on use and capacity of storage. Colorado restricts resident’s collection to 110-gallons of rainwater capacity and limits the use (Colorado House Bill 1016 (2015)).

 

The State of Texas has one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation on rainwater harvesting, including utilizing rainwater as a drinking water source (Texas House Bill 3391 (2011)). This legislation sets the water quality standards, as decided by the TCEQ Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems.

 

The CDC allows for drinking rainwater, as long as the system complies with local regulations and potable drinking water standards for quality.
If you collect and store rainwater for drinking, you have a private, or individual, water system and are responsible for ensuring that your water is safe. You should have your water and your system tested regularly and maintain the system properly 4-5. When rainwater is used as a supplemental water source, homeowners should ensure that rainwater cannot enter pipes containing safe drinking water 4, 6. Contact your state or local health department for more information.” (CDC website on rainwater)

 

Rainwater is as clean as the collection space, conveyance system, and storage. The standards of quality of rainwater that must be placed to be used as a drinking water source are set by the authority having jurisdiction for the property.

 

Rainwater filtration is based on the system design, materials used, and local requirements. Rainwater can be filtered and treated with micron physical filters, UV systems, and or disinfected with Chlorine or other agents. Systems may utilize several filtration techniques and disinfection to treat rainwater.

  • Physical filtration starts at preventing contamination from getting into storage, typically with screen filters on the downspouts and or at the riser pipe. Removing the rest of particle contaminants can be done with particle filters where the effectiveness is measured by the size of microns filtered.

  • UV purification prevents bacteria from spreading disease in water, such as Giardia. The water is exposed to UV radiation at the 254-nm wavelength that disrupts the DNA in pathogenic microorganisms, disabling their ability to reproduce.

  • Chlorine and other chemical-based disinfection are used by public water systems to treat the large quantities of water required for distribution. Smaller rainwater systems may not need this kind of filtration but in cases where Chlorine is used, an activated carbon filter can remove some of the taste. Water needs to be constantly monitored with any chemical disinfection for quality control.

 

Rainwater systems utilized for drinking water are required to be designed and installed by an accredited professional who has local permits in place. We operate with a network of locally accredited businesses that provide rainwater harvesting systems (learn more).


Rainwater harvesting supplies drinking and domestic water for many homes in Hawai’i. Pacific Blue Catchment designed and installed this system that stores rainwater in an XLR 08/02 Pioneer Water Tank with a capacity of 9,907-gallons. https://pacificbluecatchment.com/

Pacific Blue Catchment rainwater system with a Pioneer Water Tank
Pacific Blue Catchment rainwater system with a Pioneer Water Tank

Rainwater Equipment supplied this 65,000-Gallon capacity Pioneer Water Tank for a homeowner in Valley Mills, Texas. Rainwater is captured off of multiple structures on the property. Rainwater is the family’s sole source of water for drinking and all other uses. Rainwater Equipment supplied the pump and UV filtration system for making the rainwater potable. RainwaterEquipment.com

Rainwater Equipment provided a 65,000 gallon Pioneer Water Tank for rainwater storage
Rainwater Equipment provided a 65,000-gallon Pioneer Water Tank for rainwater storage

 


 

Pioneer Water Tanks store rainwater within the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner, protected in the Zincalume® Steel tank body. The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is BPA-free and NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage.

 

“NSF International has developed a test protocol that provides independent verification of the safety of the materials used in the production of rainwater harvesting systems. This protocol evaluates materials used in rainwater catchment systems, such as roofing materials, coatings, paints, liners, and gutters.” https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/in-home-use/

 

The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is also embedded with Sanitized® antimicrobial technology. The embedded antimicrobial technology works to protect against the build-up of mold, algae, mildew, and biofilm. Learn More

 

A 1,000-square foot building roof can easily collect 600-gallons for every one-inch of rainfall, making it a renewable water source. Rainwater harvesting provides clean water that can be used for drinking when filtered and or disinfected to potable drinking water standards. Pioneer Water Tanks are ready to safely store rainwater, as well as other water sources, as a top-tier storage solution!

 

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Sources

 

AgriLife Extension Service Rainwater Collection

https://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/in-home-use/

 

CDC Rainwater Collection

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/private/rainwater-collection.html

 

Colorado House Bill 1016 (2015)

http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2016a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont2/E38A8DB3F0B7739887257F240063F8A2/$FILE/1005_01.pdf

 

TCEQ Rules and Regulations for Public Water Systems

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/drinkingwater/pdw_rules.html

 

Texas House Bill 3391 (2011)

https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/82R/billtext/html/HB03391F.htm

 

 

Why You’ll Never Complain About Your Pioneer Water Tank Being Too Big, with Harvested Rain Solutions in Austin, Texas

 

Water storage capacity is the supply available, and nobody ever complains about having too much. On average, one-inch of rainwater collected from a 1,000-square foot roof can yield about 600 gallons. Without the proper storage, rainwater collected above the capacity is drained out through an overflow pipe. 

 

Having an above-ground storage tank for a well water system allows the well to work at a lower pressure and surges in use are easily supplied by the storage tank, with the well refilling the tank over a longer period if it’s a lower yield well.  In case of an emergency or for large peak daily use, such as for irrigation, a larger capacity is preferred.

 

Preparedness for fire protection systems and backup water storage also benefits with a larger capacity. Pioneer Water Tanks are the premier large capacity water storage solution for residential and commercial needs.

Fire Protection Water Tank provided by Harvested Rain Solutions for a commercial property in the Austin, Texas area

 

Large capacity concrete and welded water tanks require long installation times with heavy equipment. Pioneer Water Tanks installation advantage is in the engineered construction of the bolted, V-LOCK corrugated tank body that secures the exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner inside to protect the water. The bolt-together construction and roof trussing system enable installations in even the most hard-to-reach areas.

 

The cost-efficiency of water storage increases with the capacity so that at a certain point, it just makes more sense to get extra storage for the cost per gallon as compared to a smaller tank. This is why every Pioneer Water Tank owner can tell you that – a tank can never be too big.

 

Ron Van Sickle with Harvested Rain Solutions, based in Austin, Texas, has experience with rainwater systems for homes, businesses, and fire protection. Their rainwater system designs include Pioneer Water Tanks for safe, clean storage. The capacity of Pioneer Water Tanks supplies for the needs of the application.

 

Sometimes, a rainwater system owner will come back to Harvested Rain Solutions for additional storage that they thought that initially, they wouldn’t need. They end up with two or more Pioneer Water Tanks when they could have had a system designed by Ron with one cost-effective large capacity rainwater tank.

“We often hear from clients that “a tank that big will never fill up” – only to have them call and tell me they hate seeing water go out the overflow pipe! It is always more cost-effective to order the next size larger tank than it is to add a second tank of any size.” – Ron Van Sickle, owner of Harvested Rain Solutions

 

> Go to

 

Harvested Rain Solutions are based in Austin, Texas with a service area in Central Texas. As an accredited Master Dealer, Harvested Rain Solutions are ready to provide Pioneer Water Tanks from start to finish.

 

Talk with Accredited Master Dealer Harvested Rain Solutions at (877) 693-2166

 

HarvestedRainSolutions.com

 

 

 

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Planning for Water Self Sufficiency with a Large Capacity Pioneer Water Tank

The first step to planning water self-sufficiency is to adequately prepare for daily water usage with the capacity for a backup. Estimating household water usage should go as detailed as possible. Every detail from the number of showers and the efficiency of a system can have a drastic effect on the amount of water used.

There are many water usage calculators available online:

– Water Footprint Calculator gives a daily usage estimate: https://www.watercalculator.org/
– Texas AgriLife Extension Service Water Usage Calculator: http://people.tamu.edu/~i-choudhury/WCCalc.htm

Planning a water source that supplies the demands of the household becomes a constant balance that can be cushioned with a backup water supply. Although rural properties typically rely on well water, rainwater harvesting has become a popular clean water source in the United States.

> Learn more about rainwater harvesting as a water source

The water source/s supply must be calculated and should be supplemented if the supply cannot meet the demands of the household with a backup.

Rainwater systems calculate the amount of possible rainfall collected with

Supply in Gallons = Inches of Rainfall x 0.623 x Area (square feet) x Runoff Coefficient

 

 

Runoff Coefficients

Character of Surface

High

Low

Roof (metal, gravel, asphalt shingle)

.95

.75

Paving (concrete, asphalt)

.95

.70

Brick Paving

.85

.70

Gravel

.70

.25

Be Prepared with Pioneer Water Tanks

Well water systems are the landowner’s responsibility to ensure the quality of drinking and having enough supply on hand to meet demands. Well records that show historical well yields, depth of the ground surface to the water, maintenance, etc. combined with local government data can indicate water supply.

Implementing an above groundwater storage tank reduces running the pump and gives a consistent water pressure. Well yield is the rate at which a well can be pumped without drawing the water level down to the pump intake, measured in gallons per minute, GPM. Since the well yield depends on the aquifer that it’s drawn from, many outside factors can affect the supply available. To become completely self-sufficient with a well system, it’s necessary to have a backup water source, even the ability to truck in water.

> Learn more about Pioneer Water Tanks for well water systems

Becoming self-sufficient with your water supply is taking responsibility for the quality and supply of water. Reducing outside factors like groundwater quality or utility water sources increases the ability to control supply and demand. Rainwater harvesting, water wells, natural spring water sources have to be balanced with the water demands of the property that includes drinking and domestic needs.

Pioneer Water Tanks provide clean water storage in a large enough capacity to fulfill drinking and domestic needs, along with provided capacity for a backup. Pioneer Water Tanks come standard with our exclusive NSF-61 certified tank liner the AQUALINER® Fresh that keeps water fresh for longer. Fire department connections and other accessories can be added to make your Pioneer Water Tank multi-functional.

Pioneer Water Tanks are implemented worldwide for drinking and domestic water applications. Our clients rely on the consistent clean water supply that Pioneer Water Tanks provide. Our 20-year warranty on the tank body and tank liner guarantees this. Call today and learn more about our network that provides localized service.

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Pioneer Water Tanks New Option to Add Smart Water Savers Increases Rainwater Collection

 

Pioneer Water Tanks is proud to announce the new Smart Water Saver option. Smart Water adds 1.2MM water flow slots to the rooftop allowing for the potential to harvest hundreds of gallons extra of rainwater.

 

The amount of Smart Water Savers that can be added depends on the model of Pioneer Water Tank selected. For an annual rainfall of 23-inches, the XL 23 Pioneer Water Tank can collect around an extra 8,004-gallons from the rooftop addition.

 

Learn More: https://rainwatercollectortanks.com

 

Smart Water Savers are manufactured with Food Grade Material that is UV Stabilized polyethylene. The optional Smart Water Savers are designed with a low-profile concave shape and small 1.2MM slots that help to keep debris from coming in.

See a closeup of a Smart Water Saver with the 1.2MM slots and concave structure that fits in well with the Pioneer Water Tanks roof:

The concave shape fits perfectly into the Pioneer Water Tanks rooftop corrugation that allows the rainwater to flow into the 1.2MM slots for clean storage.

 

Families and businesses choose Pioneer Water Tanks for clean rainwater storage for many reasons. One of the top reasons is the Pioneer Water Tanks exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner. The AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner is third-party NSF-61 certified for drinking water storage and BPA-free. The National Safety Foundation standards for drinking water are developed by a team of scientists and industry experts to guarantee products worldwide.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks partnered with worldwide leading experts SANITIZED® to embed their antimicrobial technology into the top layer of the tank liner. The SANITIZED® antimicrobial technology actively works against bacterial growth to keep water fresh and clean for longer.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks includes our industry-leading 20-Year warranty on the tank and AQUALINER® Fresh liner. The warranty covers defects in material and/or workmanship resulting in leakage, for 20-Years from the date of installation.

Key Benefits:

• Efficiently catches rainwater from the corrugated tank roof

• Water flow slots are 1.2MM wide to help keep mosquitos and insects out

• TEK screws ensure that it’s firmly fixed to the roof

• Low profile concave shape allows leaves and debris to move over the top, keeping your tank roof clean

• Designed to last with UV stabilized polyethylene

• Designed to be safe with Food Grade material

 

We offer a wide variety of water-storage options with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 1,000,000 Gallons. Pioneer Water Tanks are backed by our industry-leading warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you have a clean water storage solution that will last.

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Learn More: https://rainwatercollectortanks.com

 

 

 

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.

Using Rainwater for Fire Protection According to NFPA
Using Rainwater for Fire Protection According to NFPA

> Go to a PDF of the Presentation

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

 

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 5,000 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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Pioneer Water Tanks Provide 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: Texas Sales-Tax Exemption Form

 

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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Only Pioneer Provides Rainwater Systems with Long-Lasting Storage

 

California Senate Bill No. 558, or as it was first known as Prop 72, passed and was approved by the Governor on January 31, 2018. This act added and repealed Section 74.8 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code to exclude property taxes to new construction of rainwater harvesting systems.

 

Starting January 1, 2019:

 

– Newly created rainwater systems can be excluded from property tax reassessment with filing a claim

– New homes built with rainwater systems can apply for this exclusion, as long as it’s the first home purchaser and it hasn’t been yet claimed

– Tax incentives for rainwater systems are being offered to enhance the state’s water conservation goals

> Go to California Senate Bill No. 558, Prop 72

 

The Bill is effective January 1, 2019, to promote the use of rainwater systems as a sustainable water source for both homes and businesses. The property tax exclusion applies only until the building changes ownership however the first purchaser of a home with a rainwater system installed can also claim the exclusion when the owner-builder incorporates the system. This applies to the first homeowner as long as the owner-builder had never intended to occupy or use the building, and did not yet claim the exclusion so that the purchaser buys the building before it’s assessed to the owner-builder.

 

To claim the property tax exemption for new rainwater systems, taxpayers must file a claim with County tax assessors and provide any documentation necessary to identify the value attributable to the rainwater system, including any rebates. The assessor evaluates the claim and subtracts the value of the rainwater system from the purchase price to determine its new value for property taxes.

 

This bill specifies that a “rain water capture system is a facility designed to capture, retain and store rain water flowing off a building rooftop or other man-made above the ground hard surface for subsequent onsite use.”

 

Rainwater systems with Pioneer Water Tanks work well in California since they can be installed with options to add functionality to your systems, like the addition of firefighting nozzles and adapters. Pioneer Water Tanks store the rainwater within the BPA-free, NSF-61 certified for drinking water AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner. The liner storing the water is then protected within the Zincalume Steel tank body that is certified to withstand fire immersion and lasts without corrosion 200% longer than galvanized steel.

 

Pioneer Water Tanks are the longest-lasting rainwater storage tank, and we include our 20-year warranty to back it. Our systems are delivered in a crate for onsite installation, even in the most rural areas in California.

 

More Resources about Rainwater Harvesting in California:

 

The City of San Diego Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/water/pdf/conservation/rainwaterguide.pdf

 

ARCSA Resources:

https://www.arcsa.org/page/6

 

From the SWRCB Website:

The California Water Code, section 1201, defines water subject to appropriation and authorizes the State Water Board to grant permits for water flowing in any natural channel. Rooftops are not a natural channel, therefore harvest of rainwater from rooftops does not require a water right permit. The State Water Board encourages methods of water collection or diversion, such as rooftop rainwater harvest, that reduce demand on streams and reduce water quality problems associated with stormwater runoff.

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_info/faqs.shtml#rooftop

 


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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 customers of the City of Austin 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 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 the date, vendor name and address, the amount paid, and capacity of the tank.

 

> Go to the Tax Exemption Form

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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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