This course is for Landscape Architects, Contractors, and anyone interested in incorporating rainwater capture and reuse into their operation.
The most popular current methods for rainwater capture and management, although effective, leave room for design and functional improvements. Rain barrels and cisterns offer a way to capture and store rainwater, but are unsightly and can be costly to ship. Rain gardens allow the water to slowly percolate back into the ground and alleviate stress on stormwater systems, but do not allow for reuse of the water at a later date. By combining these two current technologies along with some additional design enhancements a functional rainwater capture system can be designed that also improves the aesthetics of the landscape. The RainXchange™ System is a modular underground rainwater storage basin that incorporates a decorative water feature and allows for reuse of the captured water at a later date.
In this course participants will learn about the different components that make up the RainXchange™ System in greater detail. They will be taken through the purpose of adding a decorative feature to the system, and what some of those decorative options are. They will also learn to use a design calculator to help determine the proper size of the water storage basin based on annual rain fall and the amount of water needed for the intended water use. Participants will be shown a simple three-step process for specifying the component materials required to complete the project and explanation of how each component functions.
Upon completion of this course participants will possess the following knowledge and capabilities:
1. A detailed understanding of each component that makes up the RainXchange™ System.
2. The reasons for adding a decorative feature to the system and what some of those decorative options are.
3. The ability to use the design calculator to help determine the size of the water storage basin.
4. The ability to utilize a simple three-step method for specifying the component materials.
5. An overall understanding of how the RainXchange™ System functions and how each part works together.
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
• Identify the main components that make up the RainXchange™ System:
o Downspout Filter
o Drain Pipe
o Water Storage Basin
o Booster Pump
o Overflow Infiltration
• Identify the reasons for incorporating a decorative water feature into the system and what some of those decorative options are.
• Use the design calculator to properly size the water storage basin based on how much rain is received and how much water capacity is needed for the desired water use.
• Identify the overall functionality of the RainXchange™ System and how each component works together to create the system.
• Put together a RainXchange™ System kit using a simple three-step process that will include all necessary components.