The week of May 4-8 will again be recognized as “Rainwater Harvesting Awareness” week as proclaimed by County Judge Butch Wagner, in 2017.
Although rainwater harvesting may seem like a far-fetched idea for our area, the South Plains Underground Water Conservation District continues its efforts in educating constituents regarding the many benefits derived from taking advantage of what rain we do get. The District’s average annual rainfall is around 17 inches. That fact alone is a good enough reason for all households to consider rainwater harvesting.
Harvesting rainwater can be beneficial to individuals, businesses, schools and area producers. If you have even a simple system on your home, the captured rainwater can be used on your flowers and your garden. Some of our area producers have recognized that including a rainwater harvesting system on their barns can be of great value. Captured water can be used to fill spray tanks and can also be used to wash vehicles and tractors.
Typically, during this week, the District holds a Rainwater Harvesting workshop. At the workshop, District staff explains the many benefits of harvesting rainwater and gives attendees help in designing a system. Each person who attends receives a rain barrel and a rain chain. The workshop this year will be delayed until June or July. Keep a watch for our ads and sign up to attend.
For more information, contact the District office (637-7467) or check out our web site: www.spuwcd.org.
Remember, “Every Raindrop Counts”