Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach of capturing water. You can save money by collecting and storing rainwater to irrigate your trees, shrubs, flower beds, house plants and containers. A quick and easy way to do this is by constructing a rain barrel.
Rainwater Harvesting Efficient water use is increasingly important to Texas. With the state’s growing population and limited supply of both groundwater and surface water, Texans must use water wisely. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use.
Rainwater Harvesting: What is it?
Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use. With proper treatment, the captured rainwater can be used for drinking. But the easiest way to use stored rainwater is for landscaping.
Why is rainwater harvesting a good idea for my home?
Not only can utilizing a rainwater harvesting system reduce your water bills but, because rainwater is free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth, it good for your lawn and plants and allows for better root growth and drought tolerance.
Why is rainwater harvesting a good idea for my community?
Rainwater harvesting makes efficient use of a valuable natural resource. In many communities, 30 to 50 percent of the total water consumption is used for landscape irrigation. If that demand for a limited natural resource can be reduced, everyone benefits. Also, rainwater harvesting systems reduce flooding, erosion and the contamination of surface water with sediments, fertilizers and pesticides in rainfall runoff.
INFORMATIONAL PDF’s RELATED TO RAIN BARRELS:
Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels –
Take Care of Texas
Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting (PDF 88 pages)
Painting your Rain Barrel
Covering your Rain Barrel with Wood Slats
How to make a Rain Barrel – (English)
How to make a Rain Barrel – (Spanish)
How to Make a Rain Barrel
Rainwater Capture Video