Rainwater Harvesting ‘Soaking In’ As Way To Conserve Texas’ Water Resources

COLLEGE STATION — After a long dry period, many parts of the state have finally received some badly needed rain, and those with rainwater harvesting systems have been reaping the rewards of this belated gift from Mother Nature, said Texas A&M AgriLife water resources experts.

“Rainwater harvesting is a time-tested and effective means of water conservation and irrigation,” said Billy Kniffen, retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide water resource specialist and past director of the American Rainwater Catchment Association. “And with drought affecting much of Texas, interest in rainwater harvesting from industry, various levels of government and homeowners is increasing. People in general are becoming more receptive to implementing these practices.”

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Drought Conditions Continue to Improve but Conservation Encouraged

“Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District has continued their very cautious position on moving from the current Stage 1 Declaration made last month,” says Dirk Aaron, General Manager. Aaron stressed, “The District wants those businesses and utilities that have permitted wells to be supportive of this conservative position that encourages conservation of 10%”. The permit holders and exempt well owners of wells in the Edwards Aquifer are encouraged to remain actively conserving under the “Awareness” Stage 1 Declaration Level.

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TWDB Adopts SWIFT Rules

AUSTIN – At a Board meeting held yesterday in Austin, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) adopted the final rules for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The application process for SWIFT funding is now officially open.

“Today is a historic day for the citizens of Texas and for the future of our state’s water supplies,” said TWDB Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. “SWIFT will allow the TWDB to provide financial assistance to important water projects around the state that will provide additional water supplies to urban and rural citizens alike. The projects will be diverse, from conserving and maintaining a current water supply, to innovative technology that taps into new sources of water. Each project funded by SWIFT will take us one step closer to being drought-resilient.”

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