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Blue Springs Working Group – Volusia County September 9, 2010 Presented by Teresa Watkins Florida Water Star SM Specialist St. Johns River Water Management.

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1 Blue Springs Working Group – Volusia County September 9, 2010 Presented by Teresa Watkins Florida Water Star SM Specialist St. Johns River Water Management District

2 CONTACT INFORMATION Teresa Watkins Florida Water Star Specialist St. Johns River Water Management District Altamonte Springs Service Center 975 Keller Road Altamonte Springs, FL (407) receptionist (877) toll-free receptionist (407) cell

3 3 Green Building Brands

4 4 Florida Water Star SM is a voluntary certification program for new and existing residential and commercial developments that encourages water efficiency in household appliances, plumbing fixtures, irrigation systems and landscapes.

5 Florida Water Star is currently active in SWFWMD, SFWMD and SJRWMD, interest in NWFWMD 5

6 Residential Tiers Gold – SFWMD, SWFWMD and SJRWMD Launched Aug. 09 Silver – SFWMD, SWFWMD and SJRWMD Established Bronze – for use in existing homes/all Districts Being pilot-tested 6

7 Program Components Landscape Appropriate plantings Percent turf and percent drought tolerant Irrigation Micro-irrigation Reduced high volume Indoors Water-efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets Water-efficient dish and clothes washers 7

8 Cistern and Innovation Credits

9 Vision House Cistern Graywater System International Home Builders Show - Orlando

10 Encourage Green Design for Florida Water Star Innovation Points Capture the Gold – Harvest the Rain

11 For more information visit, floridawaterstar.com 11

12 Excuse Me While I Change Hats…

13 Latest Rainwater Harvesting News Aug 18, 2010 – EPA Recognizes Raleigh, NC s Rainwater Harvesting Efforts July 7, 2010 – International Code Council Signs MOU with ARCSA for greater rainwater harvesting. Sept 2, 2010 – Tapping Stormwater Runoff As A Resource – Seattle, WA April 24, 2010 Pakistan Opens 1 st Urban Rainwater Harvesting Set for July 1, 2011 – DEP Stormwater Treatment Rule Adoption

14 Why collect rainwater? Allows for smart use of abundant resource Conserves groundwater and surface water supplies Can reduce volume and impact of flooding Can reduce erosion of sediment Can reduce water quality impact of nutrients and chemicals Reduces water consumption from cities main sources, reducing the use of pumps, electricity and energy Rainwater is soft – doesnt cause scale in pipes, water heaters, or stain laundry. 14 Sanibel Island cisterns

15 Rainwater Harvesting History 15 Petra 300 BC Crete 1700 BC

16 Rainwater Harvesting History 16 Machu Picchu

17 Thomas Jefferson - Monticello 17 I have endeavored to constitute a supply of water at Monticello by cisterns for receiving and preserving the rain water falling on my buildings. these would furnish me 600. galls of water a day…

18 Worldwide Use of Rainwater Thailand Japan Kenya Virgin Islands

19 Floridas Rainfall

20 20 Irrigatio

21 Rainwater Harvesting 21 Rain Gardens Rain Barrels Greywater Systems Blackwater Systems Cisterns

22 22 Commercial Rainwater Harvesting Application

23 Rebates and Affordability 23 Montgomery County, MD. $500 Rebate for rain barrels with 500 gallons or more with at or higher than 20% ROI. Above ground tank 275 Gal. IBC Tote $ Gutters, downspouts$5 - $20 linear ft* Offset downspout diverter $60.00 Rain barrel topper $30.00 Overflow pipe $22.00 Solar panel, pump, control unit $ * Depending on materials, amount

24 How Can Local Government Help? Research how your city, county, utility can invest, promote rainwater harvesting. Educate staff, elected officials on value of rainwater harvesting. Bring local government and interagency departments together to discuss partnerships, legal impediments, and solutions to rainwater harvesting. Participate in rainwater harvesting organization workshops, i.e. ARCSA. Create interest and promote employee accreditation in rainwater harvesting certification. Start with rain barrels with future goals of residential, commercial, and community cisterns.

25 Questions? 25

26 Resources Florida Water Star – Hasse, Rolk. "Brief Outline of Rainwater Harvesting History." Rainwater. Deutsches Zentrum für Entwicklungstechnologien -GATE, Web. 9 Sep Harvesting H2o Rainwater calculations rainwater-tank/Catchment_calc.pdf Bucklin, Ray. "Cisterns To Collect Non-Potable Water For Domestic Use." University of Florida Extension - Solutions For Your Life. University of Florida, Web. 9 Sep [NOTE: Italicize "University of Florida Extension - Solutions For Your Life"] EPA Recognizes NC Water Re-use green infrastructure project df c9d c30b6!OpenDocument

27 Resources International Code Council Signs MOU with ARCSA For Greater Rainwater Harvesting Tapping Stormwater Runoff As A Resource Florida Keys Rainwater Harvesting Cistern Rebate pdf DEP Stormwater Treatment Rule Development htm Reasons To Use Rainwater Photograph of flower and raindrop -Bettina La Plante – Kohler


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