American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) promotes rainwater catchment systems in the United States through educational opportunities and the exchange of information at our Web site and through our workshops. Our membership consists of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals.

About Us

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Dr. Hari J. Krishna in Austin, Texas, to promote rainwater catchment systems in the United States. Our memberships consist of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals. Membership is not limited to the United States, and we encourage all rainwater harvesting enthusiasts to join our organization. Local responsibilities are often delegated to ARCSA's Regional Representatives.

Mission

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The Mission of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, nonpotable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world.

Our Members
Our memberships consist of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals. Membership is not limited to the United States, and we encourage all rainwater harvest practitioners and enthusiasts to join our organization.

Why Become an ARCSA Member?
An ARCSA membership offers many benefits to anyone interested in rainwater harvesting. Whether you're a professional or a backyard amateur, you're sure to find a host of useful information in the Members only section of our website.

With the launch of the ARCSA website, our leadership recognizes that members ARE our most important assets. By tapping into our member’s wealth of knowledge, we have created a professional website that is timely, easy-to-navigate, vibrant, comprehensive, thought-provoking and valuable. Among the many Member benefits is an informative and quarterly newsletter written by ARCSA members, which you can sample by clicking on this link. One of the ways we will bring value to your needs is through our Member-Only Forums - an indispensable informational resource that is uniquely capable of compiling the collective knowledge and expertise of the most foremost rainwater harvesters in the world. Want to become a member? Sure you do so Click here, now!

Why Become an ARCSA Accredited Professional?
When you seek a professional, you look for a nationally recognized standard accepted by industry leaders. An ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) has achieved the only nationally recognized rainwater-harvesting credential, which tells consumers and regulators that they have been screened, taught and tested by the best in the business. Not resting on our accomplishments, we are now offering members specialized 300-Level workshops and “Post Graduate” recognition as Certified Professionals.

Who is an ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Master?
This elevated 'graduate level' category of rainwater harvesting professional tells consumers and regulators that this rainwater-harvesting professional is an Accredited Professional that has gone beyond that designation and fulfilled at least 42 hours of additional study, attended an ARCSA Design and Construction workshop and has passed a comprehensive examination. Keep an eye on the website as this program develops.

Why Join

Core Membership Benefits:

  • Access to the ARCSA resource library, with hundreds of articles, papers, studies and more
  • E-mail communications on rainwater harvesting training and classes, seminars, workshops, and other events of note
  • Opportunity to attain Professional Accreditation through class work & examination as well as hands on experience
  • Quarterly Newsletter for ARCSA Professionals containing Industry News, Technical Updates and Case Studies
  • Access to the Members Only section of the ARCSA site, which hosts specialized services and information
  • FREE Jobs listing for both organizations seeking help, or for members seeking work
  • Access to additional publications
  • Tax-deductible membership dues - ARCSA is a 501(c)3 Charity
  • Free Project Gallery listings in the Member Directory
  • Discounted rates for ARCSA conferences and workshops

Current Membership Structure:

Membership Levels

  • Individual Membership $75 (One person)
  • Business Membership $205 (Includes a primary contact and one affiliate. Multiple representatives may join as part of Business Membership for $50 each)
  • Student Membership $30 (Full time students only)
  • Trial Membership $10 (This membership is for 1 month only, allowing potential members to view the available benefits and determine the value.)
  • ARCSA Friend $10 (Includes the ARCSA E-news, an ARCSA bumper sticker and an ARCSA Friend Logo for your website. No access to the member's side of the website)
  • Retired 62 and up $50

History & Background

In 1994, Dr. Hari J. Krishna of Austin, Texas founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) to bring renewed attention to the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting. For thousands of years collecting rainwater was a common method for providing water, but over the last century, wells and municipal water supplies took over as primary water sources. The diminishing supply of fresh water in wells and aquifers, concerns of quality and population growth are among the top reasons for the resurgence of rainwater catchment.The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) was created to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices throughout the United States and the world.

Our top promotional efforts include: creating a favorable regulatory atmosphere, creating a resource pool and educating professionals and the general public regarding safe rainwater design, installation and maintenance practices. A board of nine directors steers the initiatives of ARCSA and is augmented by regional directors located in various parts of the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. Together these directors spearhead community outreach, conferences, workshops and membership promotion to raise awareness. 

Being a worldwide organization, ARCSA funds a virtual hub at www.arcsa.org. This cyber home offers the public a vast array of information and resources including a project gallery, workshop calendar, course agendas, professional location directory, and more. ARCSA is a membership-based organization whose benefits include access to leading news about the technology and advancements in rainwater catchment. The site establishes a forum for members to share and gain knowledge about the growing industry. Members include professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, as well as backyard amateurs and other interested individuals.This grass-roots organization is on the leading edge of the rainwater harvesting industry. While the spotlight shines brightly on the issue of alternative energy and general sustainability, ARCSA is providing the much-needed expertise and standards to integrate rainwater harvesting back into a prominent role providing water for potable and nonpotable purposes.ARCSA is the first organization to create training and certification for professionals in the rainwater harvesting industry, and has created a suite of training products that can lead to 'Accreditation” and our post-graduate level 'Certified Professional” status.

Company details

Business Type:
Professional association

Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater

Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

Year Founded:
1994

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