PPW Rainwater pH and Particulate test

We need a little of your rain!! Please click the following link for PDF instructions to include your rainwater in the test.. Thank you!!



Jason Garvey

Portland Purple Water

Portland Purple Water on improveyourhomeandgarden.com

Prior to the Better Living Show, Portland Purple Water owner Jason Garvey was interviewed by Lori Feldman of improveyourhomeandgarden.com. Click to read the article.

Portland Purple Water in the Oregonian

Freelance write and master gardener Lisa Albert contacted Portland Purple Water for her article about using rain for watering gardens. It appeared in the February 10th Oregonian Home and Garden section. If you missed it, here’s a link: Catch the Rain.

Community Barrel Build: Huge Success

Portland Purple Water partnered with the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District for the first ever community barrel build. In total, 80 barrels were sold, that’s 4,400 gallons of rain being saved! The event exceeded all expectations. We appreciate the coverage by KPTV Fox 12 news. We are looking forward to the next community barrel event in April of 2010. Send us an email and we will remind you of the event as the date gets closer. Thank you to all involved.

Hollydale Elementary Garden

Portland Purple Water was asked by the City of Gresham to design a cistern system to provide for the watering needs of the garden at Hollydale Elementary School. Today was the unveil event. The final system includes a 2500 gallon cistern, a rain garden, a people powered water pump, and a bicycle named “Purple Thunder”.  But the story of how all that came to be begins on a rooftop on a hot day in August…

Click the first photo below to follow the story.

Portland Purple Water on KATU News

Portland Purple Water received a call from KATU news regarding the changes in interpretation of the water resources laws for the state of Washington. It is true that under the state law, which dates from 1917, rain is the property of the state of Washington. This law has not changed, but in what is being called a reinterpretation of the law, the Washington Department of Ecology no longer requires permits for rainwater collection. This effectively changes the policy from one in which water conservation through rainwater harvesting is rogue to one in which harvesting is encouraged. The most significant change will be for builders and developers. Previously they would have needed a “surface water right” permit to include a purple water system in their plans.

As the news of this interpretation broke, KATU news reporter Carlos Faura contacted Portland Purple Water. KATU needed film footage of barrels and cisterns as well as wanting to talk to their proud owners. Portland Purple Water owner Jason Garvey was pleased to oblige. He made phone calls to proud Portland Purple Water cistern customers who were more than happy to show their cisterns on television and KATU had what they needed for the story.

Cistern filmed by KATU news

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