2011 Rainwater News
December 20, 2011
Water a hot topic in Hill Country despite recent rains
“Statistics provided by the Texas Water Development Board show that groundwater withdrawal from the Hill Country’s Edwards and Trinity aquifers increased dramatically between 1975 and 2010. In 1975, less than 10,000 acre-feet were withdrawn annually; that shot up to 41,000 acre-feet in 2010. Mix in recent drought years, and a picture of a thirsty Hill Country natural world comes into sharper focus.” Read more from SA Express-News.
December 14, 2011
Rainwater harvesting system should make this year’s wish list
Dear Santa, I’ve been reasonably good and would like pearl earrings, an electric lap blanket, a digital reading device and, oh yes, a rain water harvesting system. With water being a top concern, you may want to add this to your Christmas wish list. Capturing rain water is a great way to improve your water resources. Read more from MyWestTexas.com.
December 5, 2011
Submit Your Nominations for the Texas Rain Catcher Award
Time is running out to submit your entry for the 4th Annual Texas Rain Catcher Award. The Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Texas Rain Catcher Award is a “rainwater harvesting” competition and recognition program designed to promote rainwater technology, educate the public, and recognize excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. More information on eligibility, benefits, judging, entries and past winners is available on the TWDB’s Innovative Water Technologies website.
August 30, 2011
Senator Wentworth: Planning for the Rains to Come (eventually)
Senator Wentworth promotes HCA’s Rainwater Revival as he informs constituents about Kendall County’s action to strengthening watering restrictions and water conservation measures. Read the full story here.
August 15, 2011
Rainwater Revival Offers Expert Advice on Capturing Bounty from the Sky
At the 2nd Annual Rainwater Revival set for October 8 in Dripping Springs, you will learn how easy it can be for everyone to capture and enjoy the benefits of rainwater. The lineup of speakers will educate and inspire – with topics including Rainwater Harvesting 101, Designing and Building for Rainwater, the Water/Energy Nexus, Installing your Own System, and Making Your Own Rain Barrels. State Rep. Doug Miller and representatives from two key state agencies will provide an update on how State and local governments are supporting and encouraging rainwater capture. Read more
May 26, 2011
Rainwater Harvesting Bill Passes Both Texas Chambers
The rainwater harvesting bill made it through the Texas Legislature this week and is headed to the Governor’s desk. Read KUT story here.
May 24, 2011
Texas House Bill 3391 – The Rainwater Harvesting Bill Passes
The passage of Texas House Bill 3391, known as the Rainwater Harvesting Bill, represents a giant step forward for conservation of water resources and water security for the state. Rainwater harvesting is one of the best solutions to limited water resources and an increasing demand on water supply in Texas. Read more here.
March 24, 2011
Save the Date – Rainwater Revival 2011 is set for October 8th in Dripping Springs
Rainwater Harvesting is one of the most simple and effective water conservation tools for the Hill Country. Last year HCA co-hosted the first annual Rainwater Revival to provide education and enthusiasm for Rainwater collection. The event was a huge success and we are busy making plans for 2011! Sponsorship available now, contact HCA for more information. To learn about last year’s event see http://www.rainwaterrevival.com. HCA would like to send out a huge thank you to the LCRA and Hays County for their support. You can find more information about Rainwater Harvesting on this HCA issue page: http://www.hillcountryalliance.org/HCA/RainwaterHarvesting
March 4, 2011
Curious about Rainwater use?
The Texas Rainwater Catchment Association (TRCA) is hosting their State Conference in Kerrville. This event is free and open to the public, March 18th and 19th. Learn more