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. Click here to see a list of ARCSA`s conferences and presidents. The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) was created to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices throughout the United States and the world.
The ARCSA Mission
Is to provide resources and information on rainwater collection, promote the advancement of rainwater conservation and work with state, county and other local governmental units in promoting rainwater catchment.
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. Find out about our different membership levels here.
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. Join 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.
More About ARCSA
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:
- 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
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.
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.