The Stormwater Blog 

Contech Stormwater experts discussing Low Impact Development, Onsite Water Management, Rainwater Harvesting and all things Stormwater.

Stormwater Policy Integration – Is it Getting Any Easier?
Stormwater policy is put in place to control non-point source pollution and is usually tied to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES). Implementation tends to take a while – not for a lack of desire to protect our water resources, but because it is often challenging to integrate stormwater policy through the existing local political structure. Planning and zoning codes, public work drainage infrastructure requirements, and public health and safety standards (to name a few) can all potentially be affected by changes to stormwater policy.
24 Rainwater Harvesting Design Questions

These are the top 24 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Design after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...

Where can I find local rainfall data for various areas?
What happens at the end of the life of the system?

3 Rainwater Harvesting Cost Questions

After the first part of our four-part Rainwater Harvesting webinar series, Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction Tool, participants had the opportunity to ask our Rainwater Harvesting experts questions.

We didn't have enough time in the hour to answer all of the questions, so we are posting them here so that they are available to all.

These were the top 3 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Cost.

3 Rainwater Harvesting Regulation Questions
These are the top 3 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Regulations after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...

Has Contech done an evaluation on the LEED points available for their various Rainwater products?
Is that information listed on their website?
5 Rainwater Harvesting Cistern Questions
These are the top 6 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...

How do cast-in-place concrete installations compare to precast for large applications?
Are the Steel Reinforced Polyethylene cisterns rated for potable use?
These are the top 8 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Treatment after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...


With harvesting off of parking areas, how do you handle oil and grease?
How would the engineer develop the mechanical control panel for these systems? Is a turnkey solution provided by the product vendor?

3 Rainwater Harvesting Maintenance Questions
These are the top 3 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting System Maintenance after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...

What do you do for overflow/dewatering for maintenance?
9 Rainwater Harvesting Application Questions
These are the top 9 questions asked about Rainwater Harvesting Applications after Part 1 of our Rainwater Harvesting Webinar Series: Rainwater Harvesting as a Runoff Reduction tool. You'll find questions like...

Is there any risk with washing clothes or dishes with non-potable water?
Can cistern water be used for fire suppression?
 Stormwater BMP Testing – A Two-Pronged Strategy
Given the limitations and challenges inherent of BMP evaluations, whether done in the field or the laboratory, it’s a wonder we bother with either. However, the intent of identifying these issues is not to discourage evaluation, but to foster understanding so as to encourage BMP evaluations to be structured in a manner that yields sound results.
Are We Ready for a National Stormwater Rule?
Having worked in the field of stormwater management for almost 20 years, and seeing the conceptual and technological development of stormwater management and BMPs, it is clear we have had successes and failures. We need to learn from both, especially with USEPA’s national rulemaking activities to establish a program to reduce stormwater discharges and to make other regulatory improvements to strengthen its existing stormwater program .
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