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Promoting sustainability through rainwater harvesting

Contributed by BCRAGD

Water resource management has been making the headlines for decades. If we begin counting the ways in which we depend on water, we might quickly lose that count—between growing and harvesting food and livestock, manufacturing parts to build our homes, hospitals, schools, businesses, vehicles, devices, along with the municipal and industrial demands to support community needs. The Texas population is growing at a booming rate. Conventional ways of using water must be a thing of the past, and more efficient water conservation practices the way of the present.
Each homeowner can consider the opportunity to depend less on groundwater and surface water supplies. Tapping into rainwater as a source is one wonderful way to supplement your household water needs, and for certain drought prone climates, the only reliable water supply. A multitude of resources are available to help assist with starting the catchment process, making the option adaptable to your needs and affordability. Storage tank/cistern sizes range from hundreds to thousands of gallons of storage, available in a variety of materials. Proper construction of tank/cistern pads promote a sturdy foundation, which helps to prevent tank cracking and associated pipe cracks. Gutter types and sizes also vary greatly to fit your roof type and needs. Rainwater catchment can provide for landscaping, garden, pets, vehicle wash, and miscellaneous outdoor use. Consult a licensed water treatment specialist and local laws before attempting indoor use.
Homeowners also have a say in their local and regional management surrounding alternate water sources such as rainwater harvesting. There are options to serve on homeowner associations, school boards, and economic development boards to encourage efficient water use and alternative water sources for your community.
Contact Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District at 830-796-7260 for more information and water conservation resources.

Results are also posted on the BCRAGD website at www.bcragd.org and the BCRAGD Facebook page.
Medina Lake, park at PR 37 fewer than 10 cfu
English Crossing 140 cfu
Bridlegate Park fewer than 10 cfu
Bandera River Ranch Park DRY
Bandera Creek at SH 16 S 100 cfu
Lower Mason Creek fewer than 10 cfu
Upstream of Waste Water
Treatment Plant, Bandera 190 cfu
Bandera City Park at SH173 210 cfu
Bandera City Park at 1st Street 110 cfu
Tarpley Crossing 40 cfu
Ranger Crossing 50 cfu
Moffett Park in Medina 30 cfu
1st Crossing at RR337 fewer than 10 cfu
N Prong, Brewington fewer than 10 cfu
North Prong, Rocky Creek fewer than 10 cfu
North Prong, Wallace Creek fewer than 10 cfu
West Prong at Coalkiln Road 10 cfu
West Prong at Carpenter Creek fewer than 10 cfu
Williams Creek in Tarpley 10 cfu
Seco Creek at Ranch Road 470 20 cfu
Sabinal River at Cornelius Road 550 cfu (180 cfu)
Sabinal River at State Hwy 187,
Vanderpool 20 cfu
Sabinal River at Lost Maples 40 cfu
West Verde Creek at FM 1077 fewer than 10 cfu