Rainwater Harvesting and Management
Since 2003, Gaia College has been offering holistic horticulture education to students all over the world. Our courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology, permaculture and organic gardening to build a solid ecological foundation for your career and/or personal life.
As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, large urban centers. This course covers the foundation of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.
Topics covered include:
- Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at ‘home’
- Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
- Rainwater availability
- Regulations governing system implementation
- Components of RWH/M systems
- Design parameters of RWH/M systems
Who should consider this course?
- Landscape architects, architects, engineers, and landscape/garden designers
- Irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists
- Permaculturists, farmers, community garden organizers
- Land planners, decision-makers in municipal offices, educators
This course is applicable across a wide range of trades and professional practice, and offers a general overview of practical rainwater harvesting and management. Certifications of rainwater practitioners are available through CANARM (Canadian Association for Rainwater Management www.canarm.org), and through ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association) and ASSE in the USA - (www.arcsa.org).