Texas Rain Catcher Awards
The Texas Water Development Board's Texas Rain Catcher Award is a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program established October 1, 2007, to promote technology, educate the public, and to recognize excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas.
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2013 Winning Entries
The school district installed a rainwater collection system at Bandera High School to water the baseball fields. The cistern can store about 65,000 gallons of rainwater and was built entirely by the students of the Building Trades, Drafting, and Agriculture Mechanics classes at Bandera High School.
In the wake of the drought, the city of Pflugerville hosted their first rain barrel sale to allow residents to purchase 50 gallon rain barrels at low cost. The city also installed a 4,900 gallon cistern to collect rain water from the roof of the library to operate the decorative fountain and water the landscape in the library's garden area.
The San Saba Garden Club transformed the grounds of the Senior Center to provide a welcoming place for the community to visit, play, and relax. The Garden Club planted native landscaping as well as raised vegetable beds to provide fresh food for the senior lunches. As part of the comprehensive irrigation system, two 2,500 gallon rainwater collection systems were built to water the landscape.
In March 2013, along with partnerships with the city of Dallas and US EPA Region 6, the Extension Center completed the first retrofitted WaterSense Labeled home in Texas. This is the first home ever to receive certification as a renovation project and the first WaterSense home to have a rainwater harvesting system.