About fifteen years ago, Jim Ecclestone found an old, 2000-gallon stainless steel water tank lying in a farmer’s field. The president and chief executive officer of Calstone, Inc., an Ontario-based steel furniture company, transported it to his factory in Scarborough, filled it with city water and attached a pump.
“All of a sudden we were using the roof rainwater in the tank to flush toilets and cool our equipment,” says Ecclestone, in a phone interview years later.
That process evolved into harvesting more rain from the building’s 42,000-square-foot roof and purchasing another tank with a $5,000 grant received in May 2014 from the Earth Day Hometown Heroes Program—awarded by the City of Toronto—to pursue an on-site rainwater harvesting tank installation.
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