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A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (thanks Bob Dylan!) Rainwater Harvesting

June 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (thanks Bob Dylan!) Rainwater Harvesting

Kurt Reinhart, local homeowner

At the Reinhart’s home in Hamburg, PA, the toilets, outside hoses and laundry (cold water) all use every day rainwater, collected from the roof. This part of the country gets about four inches of rain a month. For each inch of rainfall, about 2,400 gallons of water is collected and held in slightly modified septic tanks (unused, lol!), buried near the house.

The Reinhart’s rainwater harvesting system was designed and installed by Mike Stark of Stark Environmental LLC. (See website for details and pictures!) In this presentation, Kurt Reinhart will describe the system design and all components in full. He’ll give an update on how the system is performing so far, including pros and cons and some thoughts about what he has learned and may have done differently. Kurt will also give a general update on the performance of their net-zero energy home, which was included on both recent MAREA Solar Home Tours.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 at TEKPark (9999 Hamilton Boulevard, Breinigsville, PA 18031, between Kutztown and Allentown). Meetings are free and open to the public. After the meeting, please plan to stick around and chat with friends old and new. Light snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

For questions, contact Vera Cole, [masked].

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Free DVD with MAREA membership  While supplies last, all new and renewing MAREA members will receive a free copy of “Saving Sunshine, Keeping the Lights on with Batteries and Solar Power,” the 30-minute DVD produced by MAREA this year with funding from the Berks Community Foundation and distributed by Bullfrog Films. It’s terrific film, offering an interesting and easily understood explanation of the electricity grid and distribution generation, especially the role of batteries with solar. MAREA is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations and memberships are how we keep the lights on. You can join at the meeting or anytime online. Thanks for your help. 


TEK Park
9999 Hamilton Blvd.
Breinigsville, PA 18031 us


Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (eastern PA)