Counting Raindrops

How Many More Baths Can You Get From a Rainstorm?

Here are a couple of fun ways to calculate rainfall to quantify runoff or how much you could be harvesting.

USGS – The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a fun way to quantify the amount of water in gallons that could be captured from a rain event.

Plug in your yard area + the inches of rain.


The calculator will show you the number of gallons of rainwater AND inform you of how many more baths you can take if you harvested and stored that rainwater!  A useful tool for designers and fun for the designer’s kids!

BRAE provides a great tool on their website for measuring rooftop runoff and calculating the amount of water you COULD be harvesting from your roof.

Enter the physical address.  Google Earth will locate you (which is amazing itself!).

Trace the edges of your roof.


The calculator estimates the number of gallons that can be harvested from your roof based on local rainfall averages. 

What fun!  Thanks USGS and Brae!

VWEA Forms New Stormwater Committee

In response to the heightened interest in stormwater issues, both at the local and federal levels, the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) has formed a Stormwater Committee, chaired by Lisa Jeffrey, PE of Brown and Caldwell. The committee’s mission is to provide VWEA membership education about stormwater issues, regulations, and a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience among stormwater professionals from throughout the Commonwealth.

During December 2011, the committee will be evaluating options for hosting workshops, seminars and lunch and learn sessions on current topics related to stormwater management and regulatory compliance. These educational sessions and meetings will provide opportunities for the exchange of current technical information, compliance strategies and for professional networking.

Those interested in being a part of this effort should contact Lisa Jeffrey at  A meeting and conference call will be held to discuss committee plans and goals for 2012.

Go To the VWEA website for more information:


73rd Annual Meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts – December 4 – 6, 2011

Pave Drain Performance Pavement™ by EMCO Site Solutions is a proud sponsor of the 73rd VASWCD Annual Meeting to be held at the Omni Hotel located at 110 South 12th Street in Richmond, Virginia.  We look forward to meeting all attendees at the Pave Drain booth in the Exhibit Hall during the event.

Go to the VASWCD website for more information including the Annual Meeting Concurrent Sessions Agenda.