Denton County


  • Category: Government
  • Project Lead: Michael Tubiolo, Denton County and Halden Talley, HDR, Inc.
  • System Location: 535 S. Loop 288, Denton, TX 76205
  • Capacity: 40,000 gallons
  • Water Use: Non-potable (irrigation)

Background and System:

The Denton County Administrative Complex is the first of three phases of a County Master Plan to develop a 38-acre site to consolidate the administrative and functional space for several county departments. Denton County planned the development with the goal of achieving a LEED Silver rating for all three phases, the first of which focuses on water. One of the primary features of the water phase is a rainwater harvesting system. Rainwater running off the metal roof flows into a perimeter gutter system that discharges into four 10,000-gallon cisterns located at the corners of the building.

The harvested water is being used to irrigate the native wildflowers and plants at the complex. A public education display in the main lobby highlights the LEED aspects of the project including rainwater harvesting. The county plans to continue with its rainwater harvesting efforts at the other buildings planned at the complex.


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