GreenLearner is proud to feature Rainwater HOG as our March 2011 spotlight green product. GreenLearner selects a product monthly based on the interest of our users.
Rainwater HOG was invented and designed by Sally Dominguez—an Australian designer and architectural practitioner. Simply put, the purpose of this contraption is to collect and store rainwater. Rainwater can be used in a variety of ways, from watering your garden to taking a shower or bath. Unlike other products that tend to be bulky and obtrusive, the Rainwater HOG tank has a slim profile allowing it to fit conveniently into the most confined spaces. Once told by salespeople, a “flat” plastic tank wouldn’t work under decks and patios, Sally was determined to create a vessel that maximized space while still serving its purpose—thus, the Rainwater HOG was born.
The 20” x 9.5” x 71” 100% recyclable tank is adaptable and can be positioned vertically or horizontally. It holds over 50 gallons of water and weighs 440 pounds when full. Flexibility is one of its key components. As your rainwater storage needs change, so can the HOG system. It can act as a stand-alone unit or be expanded with additional HOGs over time.
With rainwater shortage becoming a major concern, especially in the Southwest, expect the demand for Rainwater HOG to rise. Many governmental agencies are beginning to realize the benefit of rainwater storage. Simon Dominguez with Rainwater HOG comments, “There are a number of incentives and rebates offered at the State and County level. For example, the city of Santa Monica offers a rebate of up to $500 for the installation of a rainwater tank. As our population continues to grow and the water levels in our traditional water catchment areas reduce, the price of water will continue to rise. This will also put pressure on water authorities across the country to find an alternative source of water. The use of rainwater to supplement this problem makes a lot of sense.”
Not only does rainwater reuse relieve the demand on your local water supply, it also will help keep our streams, rivers, and beaches clean. Simon further explains, “The Rainwater HOG is also a very useful solution to help governments with the very expensive job of stormwater management. Urban runoff, the surface water from our yards, driveways, and streets that flows through storm drains, is the greatest single source of pollution in our water ways. Unlike sewage and discharges from industrial sources, urban runoff cannot always be adequately treated before it reaches the bay and our beaches. By reducing the quantity of runoff by using Rainwater HOGs and improving the quality of runoff, we can lower levels of harmful bacteria, toxins, and other forms of pollutants affecting our oceans and rivers.”
The Rainwater HOG is designed for 20 years of life and is able to withstand extreme temperatures between -20˚F to 140˚F. For more information, you can contact the company at 888.700.1096.
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