Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater HarvestingRainwater harvesting is an innovative alternative water supply approach anyone can use. Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts, and stores rainwater for later use.

Implementing rainwater harvesting is beneficial because it reduces demand on existing water supply, and reduces run-off, erosion, and contamination of surface water.

Rainwater can be used for nearly any purpose that requires water. These include landscape use, stormwater control, wildlife and livestock watering, in-home use, and fire protection.

A rainwater harvesting system can range in size and complexity. All systems have basics components, which include a catchment surface, conveyance system, storage, distribution, and treatment.

For more information, please visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – Rainwater Harvesting website and the Texas Water Development Board – Rainwater Harvesting website.

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Rainwater Harvesting Book: Homeowners and landowners can construct systems to capture, store and use rainwater to water their landscape plants.

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