Angelina Co. hosting rain water harvest seminar

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Extension Office Press Release

The Angelina County Extension Office will be hosting a seminar on Rain Water Harvesting on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.. The program will focus on the capture and use of rainwater in landscapes.  Cost is $15 per person, payable at the door.

Even without this pressing drought, Rainwater harvesting is an innovative alternative water supply approach anyone can use.  Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts, and stores rainwater for later use. Captured rainwater is often used in landscaping, because the water is free of salts and other harmful minerals and does not have to be treated. It is also useful in attracting and providing water for wildlife.

In many communities, 30 to 50 percent of the total water is used for landscape irrigation. Capturing rainwater for use in the landscape makes efficient use of a valuable resource, reducing water bills and reducing demand on water supply.

Tuesday's seminar will provide the basics for setting up a home catchment and delivery system.  The size of the reservoir is completely dependent on the wishes and budget of the homeowner.

Texas' water supply planning process has identified that surface and groundwater supplies will not be able to meet future water demand. Water conservation and development of alternative water supplies is necessary to meet our growing demand for fresh water.

Implementing rainwater harvesting techniques directly benefits our state by reducing demand on the water supply, and reducing run-off, erosion, and contamination of surface water.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Angelina County at cw-sims@tamu.edu or at 936.634.6414.

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