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| Defined: Rainwater harvesting is the collection, conveyance, and storage of rainwater.
We North Texans take pride in our beautiful green yards. We do this in an area that would not produce even one green yard naturally–certainly not without a tremendous amount of water. In fact, we use more water per capita than any other area of the state!
We all read that we are running out of water for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We don’t worry about this too much because we also read this can be mitigated by building more reservoirs. This is what we have done in the past.
A funny thing has happened on the way to the future, though. The areas where we have built reservoirs, like East Texas, are saying, "No more reservoirs in our backyard. We’re keeping our land for us."
They are fighting us when we come to take their land. And now they are winning, as well they should.
Yet, we have the answer to many of our water problems, now and in the future, on our rooftops: Renewable water from rainwater harvesting.
Rainwater harvesting systems can be as simple as a rain barrel for garden irrigation at the end of a downspout, or a more complicated landscaping irrigation project. It can also be as complex as a residential or commercial potable system.
Rainwater is soft, sodium-free, and one of the cleanest sources of water. It is essentially distilled water, thus, with none of the problems we have in the metroplex like pharmaceuticals in our drinking water.
Harvesting rainwater for irrigating plants also promotes healthy growth for those plants..
When rainwater comes incontact with other surfaces, however, dust, bacteria, molds, algae, fecalmatter, and/or other organic matter washes into the storage tanks. The more continuous days without rainfall, the more debris is harvested from the catchment surfaces. Thus, rainwater intended forpotable use should be filtered and disinfected.
There are certainly ways to make rainwater potable. However, this website will not cover potable water, only water used for irrigation collected from rooftops, not land based.
If you intend to use the harvesting system as drinking water, it is very important to consult a professional about your system.
Do you need an energy consultant, energy auditor,
The State of Texas estimates 2 billion gallons of water could be generated annually in a large metropolitan area the size of Dallas if we only used 10% of our roof area to harvest rainwater.
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