Here Comes The Rain Again

Dated: 08/29/2016

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Rainwater Harvesting

As the environmental and economic costs of centralized water systems continues to escalate, a new interest in rainwater harvesting has emerged. The easiest way to begin harvesting rainwater for your home is by using a rain barrel to collect water for your container plants, landscape and garden. 

There are many benefits to collecting rainwater:  

  • The water is free.

  • Rainwater is better for your plants than chemically treated water.

  • Using rainwater on a regular basis reduced your utility bills.

  • Texas Tax Code 151.355 exempts rainwater harvesting equipment from sales tax.

This video from Take Care of Texas explains step-by-step how to build your rain barrel.
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Tips for conserving water

  • Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation.

  • Install aerators to cut in half the amount of water used by each faucet.

  • Fix faucet leaks right away. They can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water each year. Toilet leaks can waste 200 gallons of water a day!

  • Replace older toilets with water-efficient models and save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.

  • Invest in an Energy Star clothes washer which typically uses 50% less water and 30% less energy per load.

If you’re interested in more information on rainwater harvesting or other ways you can help conserve water in Texas, visit www.takecareoftexas.org.

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