ArchitectThe U.S. Congress is being asked by ARCSA to empower rainwater harvesting to help solve national economic and resource challenges by passing two bills in the House and Senate.

ARCSA strongly supports legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that aims to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, businesses and local water agencies conserve, recycle and manage limited water supplies.  Introduced in the Senate (S. 2771) by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and in the House (H.R. 5363) by Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), “W21: Water in the 21st Century” would expand rebates and grants for water conservation and efficiency; support local investments in water recycling and improved groundwater and storage.

ARCSA President David Crawford itemized rainwater harvesting’s ability to “…create new jobs associated with design; installation; education; research and development; component and consumable sales; plumbing; landscaping; roofing; guttering and maintenance of rain harvesting systems, all of which could lead to establishing a dominant U.S. position in this fledgling field, with compounding nationwide fiscal benefits.”

Retention Tank2Mr. Crawford listed the factors that support this appeal, including regional water shortages; rainwater harvesting’s long history; avoidance of stormwater pollution; reducing demand on aging infrastructure; security of decentralized water systems; superiority of rainwater to nourish plants and animals; ease of treatment to very high standards; and the threat of a fragmented regulatory environment to achieving rainwater harvesting’s full potential. In summary, ARCSA is asking Congress to “…harness the potential of rainwater harvesting to create new jobs and to bolster the general economic welfare of the United States through legislation that would convert this valuable resource into a multi-faceted economic engine.”

See the following link for the full text of Mr. Crawford’s letter to Senators and Congresspersons.

The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association ( is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. Harvesting rain does not diminish downstream supplies, but merely “borrows” it along the way.

ARCSA is gathering funds, experts and technical writers to create a national rainwater-harvesting manual and is soliciting tax-deductible donations. For more information, please contact Heather Kinkade, Executive Director ARCSA, at 512-617-6528 or