Texas Water Development Board presents 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award to Hacienda Maria

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN - (March 1, 2012) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today presented the 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award to the owners of Hacienda Maria in junction for their remarkable efforts at conserving water through rainwater harvesting. They won in the residential category of the annual competition.

After living for almost 14 years on the hard, mineralized water from an Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer well, the owners of Hacienda Maria decided to invest in a rainwater harvesting system to meet all of their potable and non-potable needs. They installed three 5,000-gallon metal tanks and brought back into use an existing 3,500-gallon concrete cistern to hold the water flowing off the 2,800-square-foot insulated foam roof of the house. A 50-gallon first flush diverter removes coarse debris from the water before it flows into the tanks. The collected water is further treated with sediment and carbon filters, and finally with an ultraviolet lamp before being pumped indoors for use. The family plans to share the space with others as a training, retreat, educational, and event center.

Other winners of the 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award are the Native American Seed Company in Junction (commercial/industrial category); Denton County in Denton (government category); and the Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Kyle and Stroman Middle School in Victoria (educational category).

On July 16, 2007, the TWDB authorized the Executive Administrator to establish and implement the Texas Rain Catcher Award competition and recognition program. The program was established as an additional means of promoting rainwater harvesting in the state, educating the public on the benefits and advantages of rainwater harvesting, and recognizing individuals and entities dedicated to the cause of managing this precious natural resource.

Since the start of the program, the TWDB has recognized 18 individuals or entities. The winners have demonstrated exceptional efforts at conserving water through rainwater harvesting and educating the public about this important conservation measure.

For more information about the winners, as well as more information on rainwater harvesting, please visit the Innovative Water Technologies.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.