The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ARCSA, offers free educational webinars that are ongoing and available online. Pioneer Water Tanks America presents chapter 11 Small-Scale Rainwater Tanks and Barrels through the lens of public education.

View directly through the ARCSA website: https://www.arcsa.org/page/EducationalVideos

View it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SuDqLxDuJc0

Small-Scale Tanks Chapter 11 of the ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual

by Jessica Huntington with Pioneer Water Tanks America

11.1 Importance of harvesting water in small scale tanks:

  • Rain barrels and small cisterns are great educational tools.
  • Provide a source of water for irrigation and other outdoor uses
  • Show a trial of what rainwater harvesting can accomplish
  • Provide an inexpensive way to install, operate and maintain a rainwater system
  • Small tanks fit in small spaces
  • Small tanks can be lightweight, and easy to move
  • Small scale rainwater systems are implemented on a large scale for water conservation, stormwater management in municipalities.

 

 

ARCSA Definitions

Small-scale tank:

single container, or directly connected containers, with a total capacity of less than 360-gallons.

Rain barrel:

simple rainwater harvesting system typically consisting of a 55-gallon drum or plastic barrel, hose, couplings, screen to keep contaminants out, to collect from a residential downspout.

 

Lakota Water Company at Hill Country Rainwater Revival
Lakota Water Company at the Hill Country Rainwater Revival

 

Lakota Water Company brought an entire rainwater harvesting system to a past Hill Country Living Rainwater Revival Festival. Showcasing a rainwater system educates the public and draws awareness on how it can be utilized. LakotaWaterCompany.com

 

Rain Ranchers showcase rainwater harvesting at a past Rodeo event
Rain Ranchers showcase rainwater harvesting at a past Rodeo event

 

Rain Ranchers at a past rodeo event with different rainwater harvesting systems for public education. The Rain Spot is offered by the Rain Ranchers seen in the image. RainRanchers.com

 

11.5 Review and summary

Setting standards for rainwater harvesting systems with nationally-recognized ARCSA helps to curb wide-scale mistakes like poor quality rain barrel distribution.

Small-scale rainwater harvesting provides public education and can be utilized on a large scale in communities for water conservation and stormwater management.

11.6 References and resources

ARCSA Foundation

www.arcsa.org

ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems (Appendix C of ARCSA Manual)

Pioneer Water Tanks America,

https://pioneerwatertanksamerica.com/

Lakota Water Company,

https://lakotawatercompany.com/

Rain Ranchers,

https://rainranchers.com/

Rainwater Revival, Hill Country Living Festival in Dripping Springs, Texas

https://www.hillcountryalliance.org/rainwaterrevival/

Rainwater Harvesting Won’t Solve Utah’s Drought, But It Could Help Your Lawns And Gardens

https://www.upr.org/post/rainwater-harvesting-won-t-solve-utah-s-drought-it-could-help-your-lawns-and-gardens

City of Austin Rebates, Tools & Programs

https://www.austintexas.gov/department/rebates-tools-programs

City of Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Rebate

https://www.tucsonaz.gov/water/rainwater-harvesting-rebate

Evaluation Of Water Harvesting Rebate Programs In Tucson, Arizona by Ethan Vimont

https://wrrc.arizona.edu/sites/wrrc.arizona.edu/files/Ethan_Vimont_Thesis_Final_2July2017.pdf


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    “Rainwater capture is ideal for urban areas since it reduces stormwater runoff and potable water use.” (Houston Incentives for Green Development p 12)

    A year-long study identified incentives to increase sustainable stormwater infrastructure in Houston, published in August of 2019. The City Council approved the new incentives in December 2020 with encouraging guidelines.

    Private developments or redevelopments with a minimum of $3 million in investment that includes at least $200,000 budgeted towards green stormwater infrastructure are eligible for a tax abatement for up to ten years. The environmental impact and the amount invested in green stormwater infrastructure determines the amount of tax abatement available per project. This would mean that a $3 million development with a $200,000 investment into stormwater infrastructure graded at the highest standard in the scoring matrix of environmental impact, could have 100% of the abatement over ten years saving $20,000 per year.

     

    New Houston Texas rainwater harvesting with Pioneer Water Tanks
    Project by Innovative Water Solutions

     

    Green stormwater infrastructure is defined as techniques that aim to minimize the impact of development and mimic how rainfall interacts with the undeveloped landscape. These techniques include rainwater harvesting, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavements, urban forests, and many more.

     

    The Houston Incentive report cited many benefits of rainwater harvesting for the developer, and for the great good of the public:

    • Reduces building operation cost
    • Reduces stormwater runoff rate and detention volume
    • Reduces potable water consumption and costs
    • Improves stormwater management
    • Reduces burden on the public drainage system
    • Conserves water

     

    Rainwater is easily utilized for irrigation and has been used for production including for concrete, fire protection, industry, and more.

    Innovative Water Solutions has a rainwater harvesting system at Houston Community College. Rainwater is collected and stored within the XL 08/02 Pioneer Water Tank for use in the greenhouse. Learn more about Innovative Water Solutions: WaterCache.com

     

    Houston Fire tank Rainwater Equipment
    Fire protection water tank by Rainwater Equipment

     

    Rainwater Equipment provided a 65,000-gallon Pioneer Water Tank for fire protection for a school in Houston. The fire fittings provide access in case of an emergency to the consistent water supply. Learn more at RainwaterEquipment.com

     

    Where is Houston, Texas with the incentives for green development currently?

     

    The City Council and Mayor Sylvester Turner released a press release in December 2020 of approval of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tax Abatement Program and updated the existing LEED tax abatement program.

    Learn more at http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2020/tax-abatement-resilience-sustainability.html

     

    Typical tax abatement programs have a process for approval, and it’s highly-anticipated to increase sustainable stormwater management.

    Pioneer Water Tanks America operates with a local network of local providers and installers. Top-tier water storage solutions are ready for onsite installation for residential and commercial projects.

     


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      Sources:

       

      Bloom, Michael F, and R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. “Houston Incentives for Green Development.” City of Houston Texas, Stephen Costello, P.E. and Laura Patiño City of Houston, Mayor’s Recovery Office, Aug. 2019, www.houstontx.gov/igd/documents/igd-report-final.pdf.

      Incentives for Green Development, City of Houston Texas, Dec. 2020, www.houstontx.gov/igd/.

      Press Releases. “Houston City Council Approves New Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tax Abatement Program and Updates Existing LEED Tax Abatement Program to Improve Houston’s Climate Resilience and Sustainability.” Press Releases, The Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner, 16 Dec. 2020, www.houstontx.gov/mayor/press/2020/tax-abatement-resilience-sustainability.html.

      Whalen, Emma. “Houston Approves New Incentives for Green, Stormwater-Sensitive Development.” Community Impact, Community Impact, 16 Dec. 2020, communityimpact.com/houston/heights-river-oaks-montrose/environment/2020/12/16/houston-approves-new-incentives-for-green-stormwater-sensitive-development/.

       

       

       

      Pioneer Water Tanks America supports the Hill Country Living + Rainwater Revival Festival every year, along with several of our Authorized Dealers. We usually meet at the Dripping Springs Texas Ranch Park and Event Center with a wide variety of sustainable living exhibits, family-fun activities, live music, tiny homes, and much more to experience.

       

      > Hill Country Alliance Rainwater Revival Website

       

      > Rainwater Revival 2020 Facebook Page

       

      Pioneer Water Tanks America at a previous Rainwater Revival
      Pioneer Water Tanks America at a previous Rainwater Revival with the Lakota Water Company exhibit.

       

      This year, the Hill Country Alliance is taking the event online with a lot of digital offerings – so make sure to check it all out! Our team is ready to talk about water storage and connect you with an accredited provider that would best suit your needs.

       

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      Our in Texas facility has been continuously operating with procedures in place to follow local COVID-19 guidelines. The accredited Pioneer dealer and installer network are still installing tanks while following local restrictions on travel.

      Our clients choose Pioneer Water Tanks for rainwater storage for a lifetime of clean water. Pioneer Water Tanks’ over 30-Years of rigorous research and development has produced the longest-lasting water storage tank worldwide. We operate with a network of authorized dealers and installers that provide Pioneer Water Tanks locally, backed with our 20-year warranty.

      Lakota Water Company rainwater harvesting system with a Mangrove Pioneer Water Tank
      Lakota Water Company provided this rainwater harvesting system for a venue in the Texas Hill Country. Rainwater is safely stored within a Mangrove Pioneer Water Tank.

       

      The exclusive AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner protects water inside and is BPA-free, NSF-61 certified for drinking water and is embedded with SANITIZED® antimicrobial technology. Pioneer Water Tanks are manufactured with ZINCALUME® Steel that can withstand fire-immersion and still provide water after an emergency.

       

      < Learn more about the AQUALINER® Fresh tank liner

       

      We offer a range of capacities from 5,000-gallons to 1,000,000-gallons with custom capacities available for industrial projects. Pioneer Water Tanks are the top-tier rainwater storage solution because of the ability to keep water fresh and clean, as well as the engineering of the long-lasting storage system.

       

      Central Texans have been utilizing rainwater harvesting for homes and businesses at a higher rate than most areas. The State of Texas has one of the most comprehensive laws, House Bill 3391 (2011), that allows for rainwater to be utilized and prohibits municipalities or counties from denying a building permit solely because the facility will implement rainwater harvesting.

      Texas has also allowed for rainwater harvesting equipment and supplies to file for a sales-tax exemption, with Section 151.355 of the Texas Tax Code. To claim this exemption, the purchaser must fill out and give a Tax Exemption Application Form 01-339 to the supplier at the time of purchase.

       

      > Learn More about Sales-Tax exemption in Texas for rainwater harvesting products

      We operate with a network of accredited providers and installers for localized service. Our network providers who are attending this year’s online Hill Country Living + Rainwater Revival Festival:


      Lakota Water Company, Lakota Tank Company
      “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.”

      Learn more: https://lakotawatercompany.com/
      Call Lakota Water Company: (512) 858-0860

       

      Pioneer Water Tanks America at a previous Rainwater Revival
      The Lakota Water Company designed and installed a rainwater harvesting system for this Texas Hill Country property as a sustainable water source. The rainwater is safely stored within the 40,000-gallon capacity Pioneer Water Tank.

      Harvested Rain Solutions
      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 right over our heads! HRS can also tame many stormwater issues (really just poorly behaving rainfall!) with cistern based detention/retention systems for commercial and residential projects. HRS is a Texas State Licensed Irrigation Contractor and can help with the full development of an RWH system from collection to use.
      Learn more: https://www.harvestedrainsolutions.com/
      Call Harvested Rain Solutions: (877) 693-2166

      Harvested Rain Solutions provided a rainwater harvesting system from design, to installation. Rainwater is stored within the Pioneer Water Tank.
      Harvested Rain Solutions provided a rainwater harvesting system from design to installation. Rainwater is stored within the Pioneer Water Tank.

       


      Harvest Rain
      Harvest Rain is a full-service rainwater company providing rainwater collection and turn-key NFPA fire protection systems.
      WE INSTALL
      Our professional team will come to install a complete, worry-free, system

      YOU BEGIN THE PROCESS OF HARVESTING RAIN
      You begin the fulfilling process of harvesting rain install a complete, worry-free, system

      YOU SAVE
      Harvesting rain allows you to save money on water expenses annually
      Learn more: https://harvestrain.com/
      Call Harvest Rain: (512) 645-2955

      Harvest Rain Austin Texas Pioneer Water Tanks
      Harvest Rain won the Texas Rain Catcher’s Award for this rainwater harvesting system design and utilization. Rainwater is stored within two Pioneer Water Tanks in Mangrove.

       


      Innovative Water Solutions
      Since 2004, Innovative Water Solutions LLC has been creating practical, beautiful water management solutions to suit your individual needs. We can move stormwater from problematic areas, store rainwater for later use, or reduce your outdoor water demand… and we can do all of those things at the same time. So no matter if we are in the midst of a drought or torrential rainstorms, our solutions will provide you with peace of mind. From the founders’ backgrounds as Peace Corps volunteers, IWS has a passion for the sustainable management of our water resources. We are an engineering design/build firm that is driven by these ideals through water conservation and stormwater management solutions for residential and commercial projects.

      Learn more: https://www.watercache.com/
      Call Innovative Water Solutions: (512) 490-0932

      Innovative Water Solutions provide Pioneer Water Tanks
      Innovative Water Solutions provided a rainwater harvesting system for a Central Texas home that supplies for drinking and domestic water use. The Pioneer Water Tank safely stores the rainwater for sustainable use.

       


      Rainwater Equipment
      Rainwater Equipment LLC is a nationwide supplier of water tanks (small or large capacities), filters, water pumps, water treatment products (such as UV Systems and Ozone Generators), and more. We offer over-the-phone product selection assistance for your specific project, competitive pricing, and fast shipping. We can also provide quotes for larger projects including well water storage, fire protection, and rainwater harvesting systems.

      Learn more: https://rainwaterequipment.com/
      Call Rainwater Equipment: (877) 331-7008

      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 for a property in the Valley Mills, Texas area.

       


      Tanks Alot

      We are Tanks Alot. We are an environmentally conscientious company. We’re a one-stop-shop for all of your rainwater collection and storage needs.

      Our company is a family-owned and operated business. Jesse Beavers, owner, a native-born Texan, veteran of the US Army, and is an ARCSA Accredited Professional knowing rainwater catchment systems, design, and construction.

      We are an environmentally conscientious company that handles polyethylene tanks for rainwater harvesting, water storage, and chemical storage. We also sell liquid storage tanks that can be used for many purposes in the oilfield industry. Tanks Alot has a wide variety of sizes and colors of Tanks for many different uses. We can ship directly to your door anywhere in the US, some restrictions may apply. Installing a simple Rain Harvesting System will reduce your water demand on already limited supplies, and will help reduce groundwater runoff. Rain Harvesting can also help save money on your water bill! The chemical-free rainwater will make your plants happier and help preserve water in your area. Rainwater collection and storage can be used for well water storage systems, a property without running water, and filling troughs for cattle or livestock. If you are considering rainwater harvesting or water storage and want to talk to us about your options, give us a call. You will love doing business with us!

      Learn more: http://www.tanksalottx.com/

      Call Tanks Alot: (830) 331-7330

      Tanks Alot provided a rainwater harvesting system for the Bandera Natural History Museum. Rainwater is safely stored within a Pioneer Water Tank.
      Tanks Alot provided a rainwater harvesting system for the Bandera Natural History Museum. Rainwater is safely stored within a Pioneer Water Tank.


       

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        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!

           

          Our exclusive North American dealer and project management network facilitate sales, service, and, installations. We offer a full range of accessories and fittings so that your tank meets your needs and performs to the highest standards.

           


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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

             

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            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

             

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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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