STORMWELL RWH blames it on the rain
September 2, 2021
The global business community is beginning to recognize that sustainable investments and practices, along with the integration of cleantech solutions, are not only good for the planet, but are good for business. As resiliency and resource efficiency come to the forefront of corporate sustainability efforts, we must prioritize our response. What good is a smart city and net zero energy buildings if we don’t have access to fresh water?
According to the World Resources Institute, more than a billion people currently live in water-scarce regions. That number could rise to 3.5 billion by 2025 and more than 5 billion people by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand, and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.
With the increased scarcity and commodification of water over the generations, we have seen water transform into a product. The sale of bottled water is under increasing scrutiny, while Wall Street traders gamble on its future value. Water conservation technologies are essential. Ismail Serageldin, former advisor of UNESCO-supported World Water Scenarios, has predicted that “the wars of the twenty-first century will be fought over water.”
STORMWELL Technologies, an innovative cleantech firm based right here in Guelph, develops solutions to address domestic and global water conservation, security and supply challenges. With more than 15 years of dedicated research and development, and backed by a notable team of industry professionals, their product offerings are amongst the most groundbreaking in the world.
Their Rainwater Harvesting System is the first of its kind. Offering a modern solution to rainwater management and water conservation, STORMWELL Technologies has developed a smart, plug-and-play, fully integrated, all-season system that is operational for non-potable water use. This patented system is available for both residential and commercial applications.
The STORMWELL system can supply up to 50% of daily water demand – used mainly for flushing toilets, laundry, cleaning and landscaping – significantly lowering municipal water bills for the customer. In southern Ontario, a typical family of four living in a detached home in Guelph could expect to save between $1,300 and $1,500 in water-related costs with a STORMWELL system. The savings come from reduced municipal water demand ($960/yr), reduced water softening needs ($220/yr), reduced storm water and treatment charges ($240/yr) and in many cases, reduced costs of eaves maintenance ($150/yr) if they employ NEEB’s Gutter Guard system.
STORMWELL Rainwater Harvesting offers a solution for collecting rainwater from the roof and using it to augment the fresh water supply. It is a roof-to-tap system that collects water from the roof and delivers it to an outside tap or an applicable inside water fixture. The system removes debris, transports it to a storage tank or cistern, and provides an appropriate level of pressurization and post-storage filtration and disinfection.
This modern rainwater harvesting technology provides building owners with a sustainable water management solution, rivaling solar harvesting and energy management solutions. Greater adoption of rainwater harvesting in residential and commercial markets will produce significant economic and environmental benefits, particularly for homeowners, municipalities & property developers.
To homeowners, Rainwater harvesting offers these benefits:
- Municipal water usage is offset by an average of 50%.
- Risk of health hazards associated with polluted water is mitigated.
- It offers self-reliance, providing water for domestic use in emergency situations, during municipal water shut-offs, droughts, or other water shortage events.
- It satisfies environmentally conscious homeowners by promoting water conservation.
Municipalities can expect these benefits from rainwater harvesting:
- Reduced strain on aging water infrastructure, extending the life of aging assets.
- Reduced pumping requirements and associated energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Optimizes fresh water use, addressing a growing population.
- Conserves and augments the storage of groundwater.
- Helps urban water supply systems to meet the needs of growing industry and large-scale construction.
- Provides the opportunity to use incentives for integration into new-builds or retrofits as a water conservation measure.
- Ensures resiliency, as the availability of water from sources such as lakes, rivers and shallow groundwater can fluctuate widely.
- Helps to avoid flooding and water stagnation in urban areas.
Home developers can also benefit:
- Allows premium pricing for fully realized ‘green’ homes.
- Eligible for LEED certification points.
- Increases competitiveness as the green building activity continues to grow across the globe.
- Can offset requirements for retention ponds and other stormwater management structures, thereby freeing up land space for additional home construction.
- Can lower operating costs associated with provision of potable water and the associated energy.
STORMWELL has successfully installed several residential and commercial demonstration projects and intends to commercialize in spring 2022. Check out their website for exciting announcements in the coming months!