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Bandera ISD awarded $24,000 grant for rainwater catchment tank


Bandera Independent School District will soon add a second 42,000-gallon concrete rainwater catchment tank thanks to a $24,000 community development grant.

Bandera Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority provided the grant. The pump house, underground piping, concrete collector box and first 42,000 gallon storage tank were completed by the building trades, drafting and agriculture mechanics classes over the last two years. This new grant money will be used to complete the distribution piping and installation of a second tank with work from students during the upcoming school year.

The tanks catch water from parts of the school roof and runoff from the staff parking lot. According to Brad Flink, building trades and drafting teacher at the high school, an inch of rain on the 60,000 square foot faculty parking lot at BHS results in 30,000 gallons of water being deposited in the existing tank. That water is then used for the baseball fields at the school. With the new tank, the school will have additional storage capacity for water from large rains.

Ultimately, the school benefits by saving money on watering costs and, perhaps more importantly, the community saves by the reduced demand on the aquifer.

"One of BEC's principles is concern for community and this project is a great example of that," said a spokesman for the co-op. "These LCRA grants benefit not only the organizations that receive them but all BEC members by improving the communities in which they live.

Other area organizations and individuals have also donated time and money to help the school district complete the project."

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA's electric and water service areas.

The program is part of LCRA's effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bandera Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA's 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Pictured: Buddy Richards, Brad Flink and Jason Smith of Bandera High School accept a grant check from $24,000 from BEC's Andy Wilkerson at the site where the second 42,000 gallon storage tank will be installed.