OUR APPROACH

Rainwater Harvesting is often viewed as expensive.  While “expensive” is relative, it’s rare an economic justification can’t be made for the practice.  The issue is how that economic analysis is done and what level of reliability there is in that economic model because it is rare that costs are tracked beyond the design phase.

Construction EcoServices uses a data heavy approach that analyzes Daily Rainfall, calculating 10 years of daily historical data to give you the most accurate assessment.  This creates real life projections based on daily inputs.  While no model is 100% accurate, this approach yields reliable results due to many more data sets and allows you to effectively analyze wet years and dry years to see worst case scenarios.  A favorable Return on Investment is also easier to attain with this data, giving you the opportunity to harvest water to the maximum extent practicable.

Too learn more about our preferred rainwater capture system and components, click on any of the link in the right column.

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UNDERSTANDING HOW RAINWATER HARVESTING DESIGN WORKS

SUPPLY

Rainwater

  • Rooftops capture rainwater at a runoff rate of approximately 95%

Stormwater

  • Parking Lots Capture stormwater at a runoff rate of approximately 95%
    • Use adequate filtration methods to clean runoff such as biofiltration
  • Landscape area capture stormwater at varying rates depending on soil type. For clay soils assume a 35% runoff coefficient

Condensate
Condensate is a consistent source of stormwater when it is needed most. Due to it’s predictability, it can greatly reduce the size of the harvesting system, therefore impacting the return on investment.  Air condition demand and humidity are two factors that greatly impact condensate production.  Consult your MEP for predictions on seasonal condensate production from a building.

Grey Water
When code allows, grey water can be used assuming there is enough supply.  Often time, the cost to filter outweighs any economic gain.  Analysis must be done to weight the viability of grey water capture.

DEMAND

Irrigation
Landscaping is generally your highest demand.  The more data available regarding this demand the better.  The use of drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation practices can greatly impact ROI.

Indoor Non-Potable Water
Compared to Landscaping Demand, Indoor Non-Potable Water Demand is relatively low volumes.  Also, the filtration systems required for indoor non-potable water can get expensive, increasing the return on investment.  The economics of weather or not to pursue indoor nn-potable water use needs to be assessed on a project by project basis if your objective is create a ROI of less than 10 years.

COSTS

Storage Systems
There are many rainwater harvesting approaches, both above ground and below ground. A general rule of thumb is that these systems will range from $1.50 to $4.00 per gallon depending on material selection and size. The larger the system, the lower the cost per gallon.

Pumps
There are many pump options on the market and also range in cost. On small projects, these pumps can make up a large portion of the overall system cost, while on large projects, they are a relatively low percentage of the over all cost. Pumps can range from $5,000 to $40,000 depending on depth of underground systems, amount of irrigation needed, etc.

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF A RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM

Below is a site plan for Wichita Falls Airport. 

Scenario #1:

  • Supply: Rainwater from Rooftop = 1.14 acres
  • Demand: Irrigation of up to 20,000 Gallons Daily in Summer Months
  • Harvesting System Volume: 150,000 Gallons
  • Empty 75% of the time
  • Return on Investment: 31 Years

As can be seen in the graph below, the tank never fills to full. This tells us our drainage area (supply) isn’t large enough to fill the system that we have designed. A properly sized system would never exceed 75,000 Gallons based on this drainage area.

Scenario #2:

  • Supply: Rainwater from Rooftop = 1.14 acres
  • Supply: Stormwater From Pavement = 11.32 acres
  • Supply: Stormwater From Landscape = 21.75 acres
  • Demand: Irrigation of up to 20,000 Gallons Daily in Summer Months
  • Harvesting System Volume: 150,000 Gallons
  • Empty 17% of the time
  • Return on Investment: 9.5 Years

As you can see, simply by adding areas from which we can capture runoff, we can have an enormous impact on the return on our investment.

OUR RAINWATER HARVESTING CASE STUDIES

FEATURED LID PRODUCT

The modular Stratavault system employs advanced design geometry and reinforced copolymers to produce an incredibly robust, skeletal matrix. This matrix has been tested by Finite Element Analysis, as well as physical Ultimate Load tests at university. These test results have been verified by consulting engineers to provide adequate support for pavement loads

THE WHY!

Why Choose Us?

Established in 2002, we provide our clients a proven, systematic approach and a reliable experienced team that can take all compliance logistical burdens off your shoulders. What could make your life simpler? One call. One point of contact. New project launches simplified. Compliance simplified. Compliance assured.

Other key reasons to choose us:

  • We provide the most appropriate, cost-effective, and innovative solutions
  • Our experience and expertise is the fundamental “product” our clients buy
  • We focus on our customer’s success
  • Our high degree of integrity
  • Our ability to customize and problem solve
  • All our field crew are OSHA 30
  • We are agents of stormwater change

If achieving the highest level of compliance while reducing risk and lowering costs is important to you, then let’s work together. We provide full turnkey stormwater management consulting and solutions. All field crew are OSHA 30 certified.

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Stormwater: Why Care?

Stormwater management may seem like a relatively new industry, but it has actually been around since the Roman times. They knew, even back then, that managing stormwater runoff was a key issue to urban living. With poor stormwater management, both flooding and decease constantly wrecked havoc in ancient cities.

Not much has changed since then, except now, with more and more of the earth being covered over with cement and other impervious surfaces, the negative effects of poor stormwater management have increased exponentially. Our natural water supplies are at risk due to pollution and their lack of ability to recharge. The flowing of our waterways are at risk from erosion, sediment build up, and trash. And, our marine life is at risk, from all the chemicals finding their way into bodies of water.

Some may see stormwater management as just another unnecessary and unwanted cost to construction projects or property ownership and management. But, understanding the negative effects that poor or no stormwater management is causing should be a concern to us all. It effects where we live and play. It effects our marine-based food supply. It effects our dwindling water supply.

We care. It is why we do what we do.