rainwater harvesting history

Over 20 years ago a young student embarked on his university adventure where he would discover a passion for water conservation. During the research for his dissertation, he was inspired by some of the most exciting architectural and sustainable designs he had ever seen. He soon realised that many sustainable products were not ideal for mass production.

The student was our Founder & CEO, Michael Farnsworth. In 1997 Michael set out to develop the concept of rainwater harvesting, which was only achievable through “Heath Robinson” means alone, into a technology advanced, mass-producible product.

Early product concepts turned water from the River Trent into drinking water. Although the product was a success, the system was deemed commercially unviable due to high maintenance costs.

 rainwater harvesting history

After spending many years refining his business acumen and developing his product, Michael joined forces with his business partner Lisa Farnsworth. In 2003, Stormsaver was born and has grown from a small enterprise operating from a home garden, into a highly sustainable business.

Stormsaver’s reputation for knowledge and expertise has grown over the years with many considering us as the UK Market Leaders for Rainwater Harvesting. As our team has grown, so has our product range and now includes; rainwater harvesting systems for both commercial and residential properties, active attenuationgreywater recycling, and bespoke maintenance packages.

Our diverse team of 36 employees are the beating heart of our business and the reason why so many customers choose to return to us each year. From supporting early years careers through student placements, to offering progression opportunities for our existing team, we pride ourselves on offering sustainable jobs for talented individuals.

 rainwater harvesting history

We have won or been finalists for various awards for innovation over the years including Nottinghamshire and National Business Awards. In 2022, we were awarded ‘Best Green Business’ at the UK Business Awards due to our commitment to making our world a more sustainable place.

Our portfolio includes some of the largest rainwater harvesting systems in the UK. We have worked for HM Prison Service, numerous local authorities, all of the major supermarket chains, over 75% of the Top M&E Contractors and Consultants and Leading Facilities Management Companies in the UK.

Constructionline Gold Member CHAS Accredited UK Rainwater Harvesting Association Member Safecontractor Approved Waterwise Affiliate UK Business Awards Winner 2022