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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2014 Winning Entries
The 5,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system was initially installed to educate the public about the benefits of stormwater management and to conserve potable water by providing captured rainwater and air conditioner condensate to an on-site landscape irrigation system. The city decided to retrofit the system to include a water-level sensor, an actuated valve, and an internet-enabled real-time controller.
Oohla Bean is a bed and breakfast and event center in Driftwood. Designed to supply all the potable water needs of guests, this system collects rainwater from over 11,000 square feet of roof into a 65,000 gallon corrugated metal tank and should be self-sufficient during most years of rainfall in central Texas.
Each class selects a project that addresses a community need and this class chose water conservation. Part of the year-long project involved installation of rainwater harvesting systems at three locations across the county including a 500-gallon tank at Oak Ridge Elementary School and 1000-gallon tanks at both the Bear Branch Sports Fields and the North Montgomery County Community Center.
This mobile demonstration unit uses an electric pump to recirculate collected rainwater through each component of the system: the rain falls onto the metal roof, collects in a gutter, and is conveyed to the tank via a downspout and first flush diverter. The portability allows for easy travel to schools and events throughout the Brazos Valley and beyond.
Located on both sides of Interstate 35 about five miles south of Hillsboro, each identical rest area includes a rainwater harvesting system that provides supplemental water for landscape irrigation, educates the public on rainwater harvesting and water conservation, and most importantly entices drivers to take a break from the road.