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Here Comes The Rain Again
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.
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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