2013 ARCSA Rain Catcher Awards

November 18, 2013

The winners of the 2013 ARCSA Rain Catcher Awards were recognized at the ARCSA Annual Conference in Austin, TX on November 6, 2013. The awardees gave a presentation on their projects and were presented with their awards by Billy Kniffen. The categories of projects were Commercial/Industrial, Residential, and Educational/Governmental.

First place for Educational/Environmental went to Innovative Water Solutions for the Candlelight Ranch Rainwater Harvesting System for Potable Use Project in Marble Falls, TX. Candlelight Ranch is an outdoor environment for special needs and at risk children to learn, play, and heal through the wonders of nature. The ranch management wanted to use rainwater to augment their well water supply system, so a main system was created that consists of a 20,000 gallon cistern that collects from their 3,000 square foot pavilion and pumps water to the existing well storage tank, as well as two other structures collect rainwater into two 2,500 gallon cisterns to use for irrigation via hose bibs on the cisterns.

Second Place for the Commercial/Industrial category went to Innovative Water Solutions for the New Braunfels Fire Station #4 Rainwater Harvesting System for Irrigation Use in New Braunfels, TX. The rainwater collection cistern is 13,000 gallons. The system collects from approximately 10,700 square feet and also collects AC condensate. The system provides water to entire irrigation system and includes 3hp variable speed pump system with municipal water auto-fill.

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Chris Maxwell-Gaines :I am a professional civil engineer and urban planner that focuses on creating impacting and sustainable projects by identifying all of the hidden water conservation opportunities available in a project. I am particularly interested in working within the realms of sustainable site planning, integrated water management and planning, and low impact development practices.