Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Rainwater Harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to runoff. Uses include garden irrigation, livestock watering, landscape irrigation, toilet flushing, and even potable (drinkable) water supply for domestic use with proper treatment.
- Who should invest in a Rainwater Harvesting System?
If you are concerned about the environment and conserving our resources, have a limited water supply for home or irrigation uses, are in need of higher quality water, or are experiencing flooding due to rainwater roof run-off, a Rainwater Harvesting System is for you!
- What are some ideas for uses of rainwater?
There are basically three ways to use rainwater: 1) Irrigation use, 2) Indoor, non-potable use and 3) Whole House, potable use. Some common uses include:
-Hand water your lawn and garden
-Connect rainwater collection system to irrigation/sprinkler system
-Wash your vehicles and pets
-Water for livestock/wildlife
-Refill your swimming pool
-Replace the use of tap water with rainwater to wash your driveways and sidewalks
-Use it for all indoor non-potable fixtures (toilets and clothes washer)Use it for industrial processes instead of municipally treated water
- What information should I have ready for the initial consultation?
What do you want to use the rainwater you collect for?
How much water do you think you’ll need?
Send us your address so we can look at your property online
How big is your lot?
- What kind of rainwater legislation is there in Texas?
Texas HB 3391 of 2011 is one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive pieces of legislation regarding rainwater harvesting (rwh).
– Allows financial institutions to consider making loans for developments that will use harvested rainwater as the sole source of water supply.
– Requires RWH system technology for potable and nonpotable indoor use and landscape watering be incorporated into the design and construction of each new state building with a roof measuring at least 50,000 square feet that is located in an area of the state in which the the average annual rainfall is at least 20 inches.
– Requires the development of rules regarding the installation and maintenance of RWH systems that are used for indoor potable purposes and connected to a public water supply system.
– Requires a person who intends to connect a rainwater harvesting system to a public water supply system for potable purposes to give written notice to the municipality or the owner or operator of the public water supply system. A municipality or public water supply system may not be held liable for any adverse health effects allegedly caused by the consumption of water collected by a rwh system that is connected to a public water supply system and is used for potable purposes if the municipality or the public water supply system is in compliance with the sanitary standards for drinking water.
– Prohibits a municipality or county from denying a building permit solely because the facility will implement rainwater harvesting.