Find out how much water you could capture in a year. Draw a box over your roof. You might be surprised!
On July 11, 2012, Ottawa City Council passed the new 2012 Green Building Promotion Program. Green buildings constitute high levels of environmental performance in design, construction and operation. Energy, water and resource efficiency are a key components of a Green Building. Harvesting rainwater or recycling greywater to irrigate lawns and flush toilets is a significant green building technique. The Save the Rain app facilitates the rainwater harvesting process by calculating annually how much rain can be captured from a rooftop.
Sources de données utilisées
Drinking Water Summary data (communal wells) - http://app06.ottawa.ca/en/city_hall/statisticsdata/opendata/info/well_water/
Ontario Well Record data -
Atouts de l’application pour les résidents
For centuries, people have collected rainwater for drinking, washing and irrigation purposes. With the advent of municipal water treatment, rainwater collection became less popular in urbanized centres, though water storage cisterns can still be found in old farmhouses across Canada. But recently, rainwater harvesting has experienced an increase in popularity in countries around the globe as a result of droughts, water shortages and the rising costs of drinking water and stormwater infrastructure. Canada, too, is experiencing an increase in rainwater harvesting for lawn and garden irrigation, and many municipalities have begun to offer rebates for rain barrels. But larger, more sophisticated systems that capture, store, treat and redirect greater quantities of rainwater for other uses are still relatively new. (src: http://www.dcnonl.com/nw/32111/---rainwater-harvesting)
The Save the Rain app facilitates the rainwater harvesting design process by calculating annually how much rain can be captured from any rooftop. The Save the Rain app also displays the Ottawa communal well locations and associated water quality reports.
Great idea! I can't believe how much water we could be harvesting. Would love to implement this at our house.
Thx Mark, this is an idea everyone can use to help out the local water supply. If its another hot one like last yr this will be gold.....
Well, Mr. Mark - there lots of rain out our way - I am sure it could be used much more efficiently! Thank you for your genius!!
Great Idea Mark! Interesting to think about how much it rains and we could bottle up to water our garden and grass.
Great idea Mark,let's stop paying so much for water and collect it ourselves.
Love the idea - seems it extends well past Ottawa's boundaries according to the video, so someone even in Kemptville could use it!