The Australian Rainwater Industry Development Group (ARID) has recently appointed Max Ekins, Davey Water Products Market Manager Water Systems, as its Chair.
Formed in 2004, ARID is the peak industry body representing the rainwater industry on industry issues, relations with all levels of government, and in the promotion of industry technical standards.
Its membership currently represents the majority of businesses involved in rainwater, including all leading pump manufacturers and suppliers, tank manufacturers, plastic moulders, plumbing industry organisations and other representatives of the broader water industry.
“ARID has achieved a lot in its relatively short history but much remains to be done in education, in maintaining and enhancing industry standards and demonstrating the practical benefits which rainwater harvesting and collection can bring to both urban and metropolitan households," says Ekins.
"My major objectives will be to improve the profile of our industry to government and consumers as a reputable provider of sustainable water saving solutions.
“ARID needs to be seen as the source of information and guidance on rainwater and will help formulate industry policy, standards and legislation towards further increasing the adoption of rainwater harvesting," he adds.
ARID believe that rainwater can play a significant role in supplying a reliable alternative water source for households and industry in both rural and metropolitan areas, with the industry already distributing solutions with lower energy and water costs than other large scale infrastructure schemes, including recycling and desalination.
ARID has filled an important gap in Australian and New Zealand Standards by developing the ‘Rainwater Tank Design & Installation Handbook’ in collaboration with Standards Australia and the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia. With the recent updates added in 2008, this publication is now seen as the world authority on rainwater harvesting.
“There is undoubtedly strong continuing public interest in rainwater as a household supply source and ARID will be working to demonstrate the benefits and support the high level of public interest in rainwater harvesting,” concludes Ekins.