Laborers seize training opportunity in emerging rainwater capture practice

Sources: Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Washington, D.C.

A LIUNA agreement with American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)—billed as the preeminent national education and technical organization offering accreditation and recognized ANSI standards—provides a framework for rank-and-file to train as qualified rain and storm water harvesting system installers. LIUNA centers across North America will deliver the ARCSA Accredited Professional Training for contractors and union members.

In a statement, LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan called the Memorandum of Understanding with ARCSA “the start of a historic partnership between the half-million hard working men and women of LIUNA, who build both the U.S. and Canada, and ARCSA, an organization known for their expertise in helping states and localities harvest water from storm water and rainwater.” The agreement positions LIUNA, he adds, “On the forefront with ARCSA in helping develop eco-friendly systems to manage storm water and harvest safe drinking water, [and] will also work towards a cooperative relationship with the United Association and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.”

ARCSA cites as its mission promotion of sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. It is currently producing the first online rainwater harvesting accreditation course, patterned after a comprehensive manual published late last year. — ARCSA, Tempe, Ariz., 512/617-6528;