Welcome to the Hawaiʻi Rainwater Catchment Program
Rainwater catchment is an age-old method of catching rain from a surface (generally, a rooftop) and transporting it through a conveyance system (usually gutters and downspouts) to a storage container. This water can be used for domestic supplies, agriculture, landscape, water features (like fountains), public supply, or storm runoff control. In Hawaii, most rainwater catchments are used for domestic water supply and agriculture. The process of harvesting the rain is experiencing a resurgence in the U.S. and throughout the world as global warming and population growth threaten our limited fresh-water supplies.
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About Our Program
The University of Hawai'i at Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, supports this rainwater catchment program by providing an Educational Specialist to address rainwater catchment water quality and quantity concerns throughout the state. The program operates primarily on grants and does various outreach programs including seminars, providing free informational materials, testing materials, maintenance advice and responding to questions by e-mail and/or phone.
If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, volunteers with experience in Adobe Dreamweaver CSS programing, MS Publisher, MS Excel, organizational skills, and grant writing skills are encouraged to contact us. Donations to the program are also welcome.