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Rainwater harvesting offers innovative way to beat the drought

Posted by raindrop on August 2, 2013

Rainwater harvesting offers innovative way to beat the drought

by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

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Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM



In his native Venezuela, Dr. Jorge Rincon says rainwater harvesting is common. So for him, it was natural to put a 65,000-gallon rainwater harvesting tank in his backyard.

"Conservation is something that needs to be done. And is an investment for me," Rincon said.

It's an investment that cost him more than $25,000.

"It's a system designed to catch water off a roof usually and store it in a tank and then pump it into either a house through filtration in a UV light for drinking or without the filters in the garden for irrigation," explained Benjamin Pedraza, from One Texas Water.

Pedraza is installing the tank. He said the high dollar investment could pay off almost immediately.

"One drought in the summer where you can't water your lawn, it could pay for itself. It could save all your landscaping," Pedraza said.

It's a lesson in conservation Rincon wants to pass on to his children.

"If water is being difficult this time, we know that as more people are moving into the state, more people are born into the state, then there's going to be less supply or natural resources such as water," Rincon said.