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Harvesting Water

As the population of Texas continues to grow — the availability of water decreases. The Texas Commission on Environmental quality is urging Texans to practice water conservation now before the problem worsens. Laurie Johnson has more.



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It’s estimated the state population will double by the year 2060.

But as TCEQ Spokesman Terry Clawson points out, the water supply is projected to significantly diminish during that time.

“It’s a question of everybody doing what they can do. Fixing leaky faucets, we estimate that if everyone fixed just one leaky faucet in their house it would save 13 billions of gallons a year. Use water-efficient shower heads, if you have any of the old big toilets around replace them with water-efficient models. That will save 4,000 gallons a year, just little things.”

In fact, implementing a handful of water conversation practices can save the average Texas household more than $1,000 a year off the water bill.

One of the practices the TCEQ wants people to consider is rainwater harvesting.

“That is using water that comes off your roof, and collecting it in a large rain barrel. And you’ve got to do quite a number of things to keep the mosquitoes from getting in there and that sort of thing, but once you get it set up when it rains that rain barrel will fill up and then you can use that water to water your yard, water your grass, water your plants, water your tomatoes.”

TCEQ officials are holding a water conservation event on April 18th at the Home Depot at 6810 Gulf Freeway. They’ll be teaching people how to make rainwater barrels and providing tips for water and energy conservation.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

For more information, view the PDF document on Harvesting, Storing, and Treating Rainwater for Domestic Indoor Use.

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