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US Sen. Roger Wicker learns about rainwater harvesting with The Original Rainwater Pillow.
(August 23, 2012)
We are very excited to be a part of this project. A 2,500 gallon
Original Rainwater Pillow collects water from the home's roof. The
water flows thru a four stage UV Light purification system before
entering the home for complete indoor use.
Houses for Africa: Colom's vision on display in
Carmen K. Sisson
August 23, 2012 10:26:14 AM
It quickly became apparent why Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chose
to ride with Wil Colom rather than go to New Hope alone Wednesday.
Even with the address in hand and a rough idea of what he would
find on Lauren Road, Wicker still might have driven past his
destination, assuming the tidy houses on the pine-strewn lot were
an ordinary subdivision.
An Original Rainwater Pillow is installed in the FIRST restaurant in Atlanta to flush toilets with rainwater !
(June 27, 2012)
The Fifth Group has made a commitment to help the environment
and reduce energy cost by harvesting rainwater in their newest
restaurant LURE. The rainwater will be used to flush the low flow
toilets in this renovated building in mid-town Atlanta's new eco
GreenBuilder Magazine Recoginzes The Original Rainwater Pillow in the March EcoLandscaping Guide within the Products That Matter section
(April 16, 2012)
2012 Eco-Friendly Landscaping Roundup
Legitimate "green" landscape products should help homeowners
conserve water, spend more time outdoors, or reduce maintenance
impacts. Here's our selection of products that met those criteria
at the International Builders' Show in February - plus some other
notable contenders. Click
Greenbuilder Magazine features The Original Rainwater Pillow
(April 11, 2012)
While residents in many parts of the country have experienced
water shortages and droughts over the past few years, they aren't
the only ones who need to worry about conserving water. The fact
that water is heavily subsidized means that planning for effective
water use now can help your home buyers save money should subsidies
be reduced in the future. Read
Sunshower SSIP Models designed by architects Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, winners of the 2010 REOSE Sustainable Design Competition uses The Original Rainwater Pillow to harvest rain water for the home's outdoor irrigation.
(November 29, 2011)
The model house is being collaboratively built by New Orleans
companies Oceansafe, manufacturer of SSIP; The ReGen Group,
sustainable design consultants; C&G Construction, the
contractor; and Woodward Design + Build.
Building materials for future single houses of this design can
fit into one shipping container that can be sent anywhere in the
world. The house is not only hurricane-proof but also will not
collapse in a 7.2 Richter scale earthquake. Plus, it is termite and
The house's form tells its story, says Kinnard.
"The two primary natural resources that are being harvested - solar
energy and rainwater - are highlighted by the roof forms."
Northwestern University's Tiny House features The Original Rainwater Pillow. Harvesting Rainwater for potable use.
(August 29, 2011)
The Tiny House movement has introduced the idea of space
as a resource to the forefront of the sustainability debate. The
movement focuses on reducing the size of living spaces in order to
reduce carbon footprint.
"I think the most interesting aspect of our house really
is our systems, both electrical and plumbing. The rainwater system
is the most interesting to me because it is not used as often as
photovoltaics (solar panels), but is just as easy to implement.
Especially our "water pillow" because it can be designed to fit any
space needed. Since our home is so small, it was designed to fit
underneath the trailer but still will be able to hold the amount of
water we need. It can hold up to 400 gallons" says Kaycee Overcash,
a recent graduate of Northwestern University who is the co-project
manager of the project. READ MORE
Project Profile : Custom Cistern Liners for Rainwater Harvesting Installed in a Residence Providing 31,600 Gallons of Harvested Rainwater for Potable Use.
(July 14, 2011)
Custom cistern liners were built to hang in each cistern
providing a total water storage capacity of 31,600 gallons. The
liners were chosen as the preferred storage container primarily
because they provide water quality control, water security in this
earthquake prone area, are sealed and will eliminate the common
problem of humidity caused by open cisterns in the home
The Original Rainwater Pillow is an Official Sponsor of The American Rainwater Catchments Systems Assoc. Conference 9/26/11 in Portland Oregon
(July 13, 2011)
Jim Harrington presents : Rainwater: The Untapped Renewable Resource and It's Relation to Energy, Pollution and Water Supply April 28, 2011 at USGBC GPEX conference
(April 18, 2011)
The course will include an overview of water quality issues
including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and sewage contamination. We
will take an in depth view of our available water sources and
energy needs required to obtain them. A presentation of the future
outlook of water availability and how rainwater harvesting systems
are a necessary component of water management
World Water Day is March 22, 2011. International support of Rainwater Harvesting revealed in a joint statement.
(March 22, 2011)
World Water Day 2011 - Joint rainwater harvesting
statement released by the IRHA, IRCSA and the ARCSA.
See the complete statement....
|Project Profile : 14,000 gallon Custom Cistern Liner|
(December 14, 2010)
Victoria Garden Mews ~ Santa Barbara,
Rainwater collection systems are becoming more popular
throughout the country as shown by a recent installation of a
14,000 gallon system in a state-of-the-art, multi-family, green
residential project in downtown Santa Barbara, California.
The goal of this system is to collect and conserve enough rainwater
to drip irrigate the landscape for a nine month long dry
A custom 14,000 cistern liner ( 20 ft x 10 ft x 7 ft ) was
built and installed in a cement vault in the basement of the
The liner hangs from the ceiling of the vault. The installation
is designed to manage humidity, reduce the footprint of storing a
large volume of water, and additional security during an
The rainfall is collected off an 1,800 square foot roof
which has the potential of catching approximately 16,000
gallons of water from an average annual rainfall of 14 inches in
Santa Barbara. The six downspout filters divert the water via
gravity to the liner. The excess water overflow is piped to outdoor
infiltration chambers. All the water that falls on the
property is retained on the property. The collected water is then
distributed to the drip irrigation system through a submersible
pressure pump located inside the liner.
The building is applying for LEED Platnium certification and the
cistern liner contributes to the required points.
We custom build liners for new construction and
Landscape Architect Magazine features The Original Rainwater Pillow: An Alternative to Cisterns
(October 18, 2010)
Remember the Georgia drought of 2008? Folks in that part of the
country have seethed over federal judges's ruling that barred
Atlanta and communities downriver from using water from Lake
Lanier, a reservoir in northern Georgia. The lake was originally
built for hydroelectric power and flood control. Metro Atlanta,
however, now relies on the water for it's watering needs. Read the complete article
It's Easy Being Green ! Rainwater Harvesting and Permeable Pavers are a great combination.
(October 13, 2010)
The Original Rainwater Pillow and Pavestone Project Profile:
Today's designer must overcome challenges such as: Where do we
"hide" the new water-saving and energy-efficient hardware, and how
do we design eco-friendly landscapes to please clients used to
While meeting the challenges of the Green movement seems
daunting at times, efficient product design and clever integration
makes these challenges far more manageable.
We are sponsoring and exhibiting at The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association National Conference in Austin Tx Oct 3 - 6, 2010
(September 29, 2010)
The Texas capital shares another distinction as the indisputable
crossroads of America's growing rainwater harvesting industry.
Austin is where ARCSA was founded and where its 6th annual
conference happens next month. With nearly a thousand members
worldwide, ARCSA remains dedicated to promoting and educating the
public on the safe harvesting and use of rainwater as an
alternative for treated drinking water. www.arcsa.org
Visit us at The American Society of Landscape Architects Show 9/11/10 - 9/12/10
(August 30, 2010)
This is the premier event for Landscape Architecture
Professionals. Join us in Washington DC September 10 -13, 2010
Visit us in BOOTH 2915
The Original Rainwater Pillow Supports Maryland Habitat For Humanity
(July 20, 2010)
A modular home was built by high school students and Habitat
volunteers in Harford Co Maryland. It will be LEED certified gold
or platinum. There is a 700 gallon Original Rainwater Pillow
installed in the crawl space. Dave Guttman, Construction
Manager Harford Habitat for Humanity says " Thanks for such a cool
product" This is the second Original Rainwater Pillow system
install by high school students and volunteeers in a
Habitat For Humanity home.
|How BIG can an Original Rainwater Pillow be?|
(June 17, 2010)
This is a 200,000 gallon pillow measuring 80 feet x 70 feet x 6
feet. A storm water management solution. This pillow, commonly used
for fuel storage for the military can easily be adapted for storm
water control at a very competive price.
|The Rebirth of Pontchartrain Park - New Orleans LA |
(June 01, 2010)
We are excited to be a part of the redevelopment that is
taking place in Pontchartrain Park. This is a community - driven
initiative to rebuild this historic community with sustainable,
beyond green home designs. The Pontchartrain Park
Community Development Corporation, headed by actor Wendell Pierce ,
SRP Development and Stalwart Built Homes launch the rebuilding
initiative with the opening of the model home on May 14,
The 1,000 gallon Original Rainwater Pillow
system installed in the home's crawl space will be used to
drip irrigate all the trees and shrubs. The system will collect
approximately 600 gallons for water from one inch of rainfall. With
an average annual rainfall of 57 inches, 34,000 gallons of water
can be collected and used. The demand for municipal water is
reduced along with the energy necessary to provide city water.
Rainwater harvesting collects and reuses rainwater at the
The Original Rainwater Pillow Was The Obvious Choice
(April 15, 2010)
Rainwater Pillow Installation, La Mesa
Building Green Futures Inc, Rich Alianelli
and Rosalind Haselbeck, co-owners
For this project, a rainwater pillow was an
obvious choice. The house is on a narrow lot that has a
steep slope to the front. There is no space for an
above-ground tank, except for in locations that are less than ideal
due to visibility and traffic. Similarly, there is no convenient
location for an under-ground tank. Furthermore, this client has
limited irrigation needs and therefore the labor costs for
excavation would not make sense. When we discovered the accessible
crawl space immediately below the best roof area for rainwater
collection, we knew a rainwater pillow was the ideal application
for this project. Read more....
Jim Harrington developer of The Original Rainwater Pillow will speak at the Atlanta Green Series on Water Conservation
(March 16, 2010)
- Learn the benefits and need of rainwater collection, active and
passive systems. The results of rainwater collection solve two of
Atlanta's biggest problems, flood and drought. You will receive
information about the parts of a rainwater harvesting system and
how to design the system.
We have just gone through a drought and now are moving into a
time of flooding. This variation in weather is a cycle. The only
way for us to reduce Atlanta's problems is controlling the problem
at the source.
What our clients say : "Wonderful Service ! I did a lot of research on rain harvesting and this product is outstanding."
(February 10, 2010)
Wonderful service I did a lot of
research on rain harvesting and this product is outstanding. We
have a 2000 gallon pillow in our crawlspace and it works great. Jim
has been a delight to work with and has performed service beyond
our expectation. I had a small problem many months after the
installation (probably my fault) and he came right out and fixed it
gratis. Great product, phenomenal support and service.
1,000 Gallon Original Rainwater Pillow Donated to Help Medical Team in Haiti
(January 25, 2010)
The Original Rainwater Pillow will be used to store potable
water for medical treatment in Haiti. Doctors from the
organiztion www.serveHAITI.org are
treating people coming to Matthew 25 Hospice House in
Port-au-Prince The soccer field behind the building has
now become a home to those seeking food, medicine and
The 1,000 gallon Pillow folds up into a light weight ( 47 lbs )
easy to handle package. Economical to ship in terms
of both cost and size.
The Original Rainwater Pillow featured in Dec. 5, 2009 rainwater harvesting workshop in Monterey California
(November 25, 2009)
Water consious Monterey County
residenta can choose for a wide variety of water storage
containers, ranging from simple rain barrels to artfully designed,
ultra-skinny units that are well suited to tight spaces.
Renewed concern over the issue is now
prompting homeowners to seek out methods of collecting these free
liquid assets and then using the water during the dry months.
"There's a lot of interest," said
rainwater harvesting consultant Roger Manley of Monterey, who has
been getting the word out lately through free workshops and
presentations. He'll lead a workshop Dec. 5 at the Monterey
Regional Waste Management District in Marina, where locals can
learn about how best to stockpile water in the winter and save it
for when it's most needed.
For information or to register, call
The Original Rainwater Pillow recognized at one of The TOP 5 Green Building Products for Homes at GreenBuild 2009
(November 19, 2009)
We've selected our Top 5 Green Building Product
Picks according to the type of LEED project and its use
for Homes, Schools, Commercial Buildings and Retail. LEED, or Leadership in Energy
& Environmental Design, is the USGBC's green building
program by which buildings, homes and other structures are rated
for their efficiency, use of natural resources and healthy indoor
environments and include the designations: "certified, silver, gold
or platinum certification," depending on the features incorporated
into the project.
The Original Rainwater Pillow is a great way to capture
rainwater from your roof without a huge investment in other
systems. The average 40×40 roof collects 1000 gallons of rainwater
from 1 inch of rain, so don't let it run-off, capture it. The U.S.
made Rainwater Pillow can be stored in a crawl space or under
decking, and is made from durable, industrial strength fabric used
by the military.
See the full article...
|We will be exhibiting at GREENBUILD November 11-13, 2009 Phoenix Az. Visit us in booth 4821|
(October 14, 2009)
Greenbuild 2009 will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth
largest city in the country, and a thriving capital in the heart of
the American Southwest. Phoenix's unique environmental and social
characteristics speak to the diversity of the United States and the
imperative of Greenbuild 2009: Green building can and must come
home to all people, boosting the quality of life across the country
and around the world.
Join us at Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix and connect to the
|Ask This Old House Films an Original Rainwater Pillow Installation In Boston MA|
(October 03, 2009)
This 650 gallon Original Rainwater will collect rainfall off the
home's roof and provide irrigation for the homeowner's garden. The
gutter downspout is directed into a debris filter which is
located on the side of the house. The pillow is installaed
under a deck. A remote control is attached to the 1/2 horsepower
pump ( 25 psi) for easy activation.
We will be exhibiting at The American Society of Landscape Architects Meeting Sept 18 - 21. Vist us in Booth 500. Click here for a Free one day Expo pass
(September 03, 2009)
|Visit us at The GoGreen Expo in Atlanta June 26 - 28, 2009|
(September 01, 2009)
Mariel Hemingway Headlines "Go Green Expo" at Cobb
Nation's Premiere Eco-Friendly Tradeshow Arrives in Atlanta June 26
ATLANTA - May 28, 2009 - Atlanta will roll out
the green carpet as Go Green Expo, the largest
environmentally focused business and consumer show in the United
States, travels to the Cobb Galleria Centre on June 26 -
28. In addition to visiting over 150 interactive booths
with new green products and services....
Visit us in Booth 601
|Landscaper turns drought into opportunity - Atlanta Business Chronicle|
(June 02, 2009)
While Georgias lengthy drought caused hardship for many
landscape and garden design businesses, the lack of water also
created some opportunities. As homeowners watched their gardens
suffer, landscaper Jim Harrington decided to address the water
problem head on by developing an innovative water collection system
- The Original Rainwater Pillow...
|Greenhaven's Garden Grows Despite Extreme Temperatures and Watering Restrictions|
(May 27, 2009)
As Atlanta prepares to welcome the hot months of summer,
homeowners are growing increasingly concerned of the inevitable
watering restrictions and the fate of their lush lawns. However,
area lawns and gardens can beat the heat and continue to thrive
thanks to the Original Rainwater Pillow. "As the model for
drought-tolerant and suatainable landscape design, Greenhaven
relies on the Rainwater Pillow to maintain the integrity of the
lawn and plants no matter what the rainfall conditions" said
Richard Feis, president of Pace Homebuilders. read more...
Well worth the cost for FREE water and a green conscience.
(May 27, 2009)
I've worked with many contractors in my time and Jim is a rare find. He is very polite, knowledgeable and thorough. Jim has followed up with us; making sure we were happy with the final product and that everything was working correctly. He even took the time to paint some of the pillow components, so they matched our house. My investment in a Water Pillow is well worth the cost for free; water and a green conscience. Dont miss out on the chance to work with Jim!! Mike Jameson President, C.E.O.
Healthy Homes Television features The Original Rainwater Pillow
(May 11, 2009)
Healthy Home Television interviews Jim Harrington about the Original Rainwater Pillow
|The Original Rainwater Pillow receives NAHB Research Centers Green Approved Product certification|
(March 23, 2009)
The National Association of Home Builders Research Center has
certified The Original Rainwater Pillow as one of their Green
Approved products. Products which have received Certification from
NAHB Research Center are products that the Research Center has
approved as being eligible to contribute points toward
certification of a building under National Green Building
Standards. The Original Rainwater pillow qualifies for 6 - 8 points
under the scoring system.
Conserve Rainwater with a Durable Product.
(January 28, 2009)
Customer Testimonial :
The Rainwater Pillow allows us to harvest rainwater, store it in a durable product, and use it anytime we want without violating any state or local restrictions. It also saves us money on our local water bill. Terry T.
The Original Rainwater Pillow Wins 2008 Green Innovations Award From MALTA
(January 17, 2009)
Rainwater Collection Solutions was awarded the 2008 Green Innovations award for their Rainwater Irrigation system. The system design incorporates a fully automatic rainwater collection system connected to a lawn irrigation system and control clock . The water is collected and stored in three Original Rainwater Pillows hidden in a crawl space with a capicity of 3,500 gallons. This design reached the goal of a sustainable lawn and garden.
2009 International Builders' Show
(January 01, 2009)
The Original Rainwater Pillow will be exhibiting at The International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, NV January 20-23 2009. Visit us at booth S9443.
GreenBuild: The Original Rainwater Pillow
(November 26, 2008)
TreeHugger loves the idea of rainwater harvesting and has shown quite a few solutions for storing it.........
Couldn't Be Happier
(November 10, 2008)
Customer Testimonial :
I had several quotes on rainwater storage systems. Dollars per gallon, Jim was by far the most reasonable. He came exactly whan he said he would and did a great job. We had a minor issue with the pipes in the crawl space and he came back on Sunday to fix it, and fixed it properly. We love our rainpillow and brag to all our friends about the 1200 gallons we currently have (we can store up to 2400 !). Jim was able to get us a custom pillow to maximize volume in our crawl space and was pretty creative in typing in to our gutters. Loved the additional pruning and plant advice too.
Jim Harrington presents at Atlanta's Enviro Expo USA
(November 10, 2008)
Jim Harrington, owner of Rainwater Collection Solutions and creator of The Original Rainwater Pillow will present a lecture on “Why Collect Rainwater” at The Enviro Expo USA ......
The Original Rainwater Pillow sponsors The Captain Planet Foundation
(November 09, 2008)
The Original Rainwater Pillow sponsors the 14 annual Captain Planet Foundation Party. The Captain Planet Foundation X-MAS Party to Save the Planet is a charitable event benefiting the Captain Planet Foundation, an organization that provides programs and grants designed to educate and inspire children to become great environmental stewards and leaders.
GreenBuild ~ USGBC International Conference and Expo
(October 11, 2008)
The Original Rainwater Pillow will be part of this year’s Greenbuild Expo in Boston November 18 - 20, 2008. Visit us at booth 460.
ThisOldHouse.com names The Original Rainwater Pillow one of THE GREATEST NEW GREEN PRODUCTS
(October 10, 2008)
When hooked up to a gutter downspout, the Rainwater Pillow can store up to 1,000 gallons of roof runoff.....
Collect rainwater in a “Pillow” instead of barrels
(September 28, 2008)
We just got some rainwater collection barrels for our house a few weeks ago. But when I saw the Rainwater Pillow, I knew what my next rain storage device would be.......
Earth Saving Innovations
(August 06, 2008)
Green Builder magazine recognized THE ORIGINAL RAINWATER PILLOW as a New Earth Saving Innovation. See The full story….
HGTVPRO.com Picks The Original Rainwater Pillow as one of the Top 20 Products
(July 10, 2008)
For customers and builders searching out innovative water-conservation tactics, here’s an innovation: the Rainwater Pillow.....
No Concerns About High Water Bills and Restrictions.
(June 30, 2008)
We’ve had a Pillow installed under our front porch about a month ago, (1800 gal). It’s full now, and have it attached to our drip irrigation system. We expect to keep our plants alive and well this summer without any concerns about high water bills and restrictions.
Saving's A Breeze - Weather.com
(June 08, 2008)
Homeowners Embracing Sustainability in a Big Way :
Leslie and Bill Heitz, looking for a rainwater system, ran across the Rainwater Pillow, invented by Atlanta horticulturalist Jim Harrington. The Heitzes, who moved to Atlanta this year, weren’t accustomed to water rationing; currently the city allows no outdoor watering.
Just What I Needed For My Limited Space
(April 19, 2008)
Customer Testimonial :
I am both an avid gardener and conservationist. Since last summer, I had been searching for an effective way to collect rain water. There is very limited space around my house for either rain barrels or tanks. When I saw the Original Rainwater Pillow display at the GPPA booth of the Southeastern Flower Show, I knew that I had found just what I needed.
My Rain Water Pillow has now been in operation for about 6 weeks. With all the rainy weekends, the pillow has filled up quickly. The pump system supplies more than sufficient pressure to run a hose. So watering is easy and I look forward to a green and happy garden this year.
Cindy J., Original Rainwater Pillow Customer
We Love It !!
(April 18, 2008)
We have been very pleased with our Original Rainwater Pillow. It is amazing how quickly it fills up and how much water is available. No worry about breeding mosquitos either. We love it!
Dr. Richard Ludwig
Program Director, Environmental Horticulture, Gwinnett Tech
I Love My Original Rainwater Pillow
(April 15, 2008)
I love my Original Rainwater Pillow. We had a dinner party last night and I could have sold one for you in Seattle - are you ready to expand?
Jim has been wonderful to work with, willing to adjust the installation if needed and to add additional downspouts if I want the pillow to fill more quickly. The pillow is almost full as I write this. Now, I have to get into a pattern of using it more freely - there is a tendency to hoard the water just in case it never rains again. This weekend I plan to pull out some dead plants and start gardening in earnest. My husband Bill can hardly wait to wash his car.
We are happy customers and are showing friends and neighbors the results of your work almost daily. Please feel free to send future customers to our house to look at our installation if it would help.
Original Rainwater Pillow customer
Sweet Dreams, Rainwater Pillow
(March 02, 2008)
I’m often pleasantly surprised at how much interest and passion you (our visitors) display for water-saving technologies. Renewable energy is sexy, and eco-friendly cars are top-of-mind for most people these days, but rainwater systems? ........
Prepare for Drought - Bobvilla.com
(March 01, 2008)
Those of you who remember the drought that plagued the South last summer are wise to prepare for this year. A new product called Rainwater Pillow promises to solve your problems.