by Dan Carney
Pam Hartwell-Herrero, the executive director of Sustainable Fairfax, and Paola Bouley, conservation program director of the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), hosted a Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Workshop at Sustainable Fairfax on Friday, September 18.
The Sustainability Center is water efficient inside and out. It uses a roof water catchment system, above ground tanks, and a rain garden to capture over 15,000 gallons of water on site every year. In addition to providing most of the water for the beautiful backyard landscape, the system completely eliminates storm water runoff—a major source of water pollution in nearby creeks.
Workshop participants were treated to a tour of the center’s facilities and discussed the newest greywater and rainwater regulations and technologies. Both rainwater and greywater are valuable sources of water that can help offset the need for using potable water to irrigate landscapes.
The workshop was a gathering of MMWD’s Conservation Action Committee (CAC). The CAC is an open forum for anyone interested in water conservation topics and meets every three months. If you would like to be added to the CAC email list please send your contact information to MMWD at firstname.lastname@example.org.