Rainwater HOG “Cost less, mean more”

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My son came back from volunteering experience where he hand built a building for a medical clinic in the Dominican Republic that serves Haitians with a wonder at how we use perfectly clean drinking water. “Dad, we use water to flush our toilets and water our yards that would have saved lives in less fortunate areas of the world.” I researched his observation. One billion people are without drinking water and our world loses 5,000 babies a day to the lack of clean water.

And as drought and scarcity begins to encroach upon our perception of water supplies there are companies that are emerging with cost effective solutions. One is Rainwater HOG LLC. They have developed a container that can be hooked up by a handy-person to capture roof top rainfall run off. Think about this for a second, FREE water!

The Rain HOG is a container rectangular in shape and sized to fit between the timber joists of a post. It is made of food grade plastic. The tank is recyclable. It comes in a range of colors. How safe are they? One installation is at an elementary school where they use the captured rainwater for their drip irrigation system.

But what got my attention is that David Gottfried has HOGS installed at his house. David is a founder of the U.S. Building Council and I had the privilege of interviewing David for an Entrepreneur.com column. He is a class act with a big vision on how we can live better. He installed six HOGs and a system by Hyphae Design Lab (www.hyphae.net) to supply water for flushing the family toilet with rainwater for more than 9 months of the year. Another HOG is used to water his family’s edible garden along with two HOGs that collect bathroom grey water and filter it for reuse on the garden. The key point for those areas facing water rationing and/or increased water prices is that the Gottfried family has been able to cut their water consumption in half by just collecting and reusing water that falls upon their roofs.

And they are located on the side of his house and are an attractive color so they don’t impact a home’s appearance like those ugly water, gas and electric meters.

Dave Gottfried rainhog applicaton
As outlined in The Secret Green Sauce™ (www.earth2017.com) it is entrepreneurial companies like Rainwater HOG LLC that are developing the “cost less, mean more” alternatives to the legacy 20th Century solutions that are increasingly “costing more, delivering less.” What can be more obvious than for us to begin using our technologies to harvest locally the rain that falls upon our roofs to lower our cost and ease the ecological burden being placed upon our river systems?

About Bill Roth

Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017, author of The Secret Green Sauce and a nationally-followed contributor to Entrepreneur.com, Triple Pundit, The Green Economy Post and Media Post on best business practices emerging from the smart, healthy and green global economy. He coaches entrepreneurs, business and community leaders on how to grow revenues, profits and jobs by going smart and green.
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