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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2015 Winning Entries
Mr. Bob Durham chose rainwater harvesting as a proactive solution to recent drought conditions in the Panhandle and worked with engineering staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to design a system that captures water from two large livestock barns and stores it in six linked 5,000-gallon polyethylene tanks. Gravity-fed pipes deliver water to cattle troughs in nearby pastures.
The transformation of the iconic Seaholm Power Plant into a mixed-use development includes a system that collects rain from the roof tops and plaza and stores up to 325,000 gallons in the former intake pipes and weirs of the cooling system.
This collection system provides all the water for the 45 indoor and 18 outdoor livestock wash bays, for all the toilets and urinals in the exhibit hall, for dust control in the indoor arena, and to irrigate the native Texas landscaping. By harvesting the rainwater, localized flooding, erosion, and runoff into the Guadalupe River are also reduced.
The new Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center educates visitors about water and energy conservation through numerous interactive features. Water Storage Tanks, Inc. worked with TBG Partners Architects to design and build an 8,000 gallon inverted roof tank that collects rainwater from a wooden pavilion and adjacent restroom facility.
The Alvarez Residence in San Antonio tasked Aquabank, Inc. with storing up to 18,000 gallons of captured rainwater beneath the driveway. After lining the driveway with an impervious membrane, using washed structural gravel for fill, and bringing it to grade with the garage using concrete, the void spaces between the fill gravel provide storage space for rainwater, much like in a natural gravel aquifer.
This posthumous award recognizes a lifetime of dedication and the far reaching impact Mr. Hollon had in promoting the adoption of rainwater harvesting and water conservation across the state.