Rainwater harvesting can be as simple as placing a barrel under a roof’s downspout for collecting water for your plants. Or it can be an elaborate arrangement of cisterns, pumps and filters to provide an entire household with water.
A common practice in the early 20th century, rainwater harvesting is becoming popular again in Texas for several reasons. The benefits include:
- Rainwater provides an alternative water source.
- It benefits plants more than chemically treated water.
- By using rainwater you can limit stormwater pollution by catching water that would otherwise wash over land and into waterways.
- Rainwater is naturally softened, so it lacks the minerals found in ground and surface water, making it easier on your plumbing.
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For more information on LCRA’s water conservation programs or publications, please call (512) 473-3200, Ext. 7471, or 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 7471. You may also reach us by e-mail through Ask LCRA.