FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sara Cohen, DCR
Corbie Kump, EOEA
STATE OFFERS FREE RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEMS
“The state is excited about this
The rainwater harvesting systems consist of tanks that collect rainwater from rooftop downspouts and then store the water for later use outdoors, such as in the lawn or garden. In addition to the storage tank, the systems include a pressure pump, a spigot for a hose, and a meter to measure flow. DCR is offering up to 35 systems in two sizes, 200 gallons and 800 gallons, and two larger systems that would store up to 10,000 gallons.
“The use of collected rainwater could have a significant impact in periods of low rainfall,” added Sara Cohen, DCR Water Resources Specialist, who is the Ipswich River Grant Project Manager. “The less water people use from the tap, the less stress on the river, particularly during dry periods.”
According to Cohen, by some calculations, lawn watering
accounts for 15 to 20 million gallons per day of water use in the
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“A 500-square-foot roof area can collect about 150 gallons of water in one of our typical small storms,” said Phil Reidy of Rainwater Recovery Systems, who will be installing the systems for DCR. “With a slightly larger roof area, a 200-gallon tank will fill completely in one of these typical half-inch storms. Naturally, the larger the collection area, the larger the volume of water collected.”
The rainwater harvesting project is one of nine
demonstration projects being funded by the EPA grant to study ways to restore a
healthy volume of flow to the
DCR is planning to install the
majority of the rainwater harvesting systems in
“We’re excited to participate in the DCR study,” said Mike Woods, Superintendent of Wilmington’s Water Department. “We may be facing a complete ban on outdoor watering in the future, so we’re very interested in seeing how rainwater harvesting can help reduce demands on our water supply.”
Other grant project partners include
the Ipswich River Watershed Association and the U.S. Geological Survey as well
as the Towns of Wilmington,
Cohen of DCR and Reidy of Rainwater Recovery Systems will present information on the project to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen on June 27. The Board of Selectmen’s meeting is broadcast at on Wilmington Community TV, WCTV, Channel 22.
For more information or to express interest in receiving one of the rainwater harvesting systems, contact Sara Cohen at (617) 626-1374 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.