|Rainwater Harvesting Regulations
|Ended on 12/8/2023
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on these ground-breaking regulations. I live in Minnesota, but my husband and I have a home in rural Northumberland County, Virginia which we built in 2016. We intentionally incorporated many elements of sustainable design: small footprint, solar electricity, conservation easement, locally sourced lumber, etc. In addition, we included an auxiliary rainwater harvest (RWH) system, designed by the Roanoke-based firm Rainwater Management Systems.
We opted to include an RWH system for multiple reasons: To minimize stormwater runoff, to protect the aquifer (which is part of a regionally declining groundwater system), to avoid agricultural contaminants in the water we used, and to avoid the energy used by groundwater pumping. We have been safely operating the system during the frost-free portion of the year for seven seasons and have been delighted not only with the operation of the system but also by the quality of the water.
I know from personal experience how difficult it is to get a RHS permitted in Virginia under the current regulatory framework (which is why our system is an auxiliary system rather than a primary one) and welcome the effort to create a standard regulatory framework and transparent path for future applicants. I am grateful for the considerable effort that has gone into developing the draft regulations, and respectfully submit the following comments for consideration:
4601 Humboldt Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55419.
1441 Mundy Point Road, Callao VA 22435