Houston homeowners among TWDB's Texas Rain Catcher Award Winners

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

Austin (February 28, 2013) - The Texas Water Development Board today announced that Michael and Shannon Hugetz, Houston, are among the winners of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. The award recognizes excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas, promotes the technology, and educates the public.

To offset their water use, the Hugetzes installed two 3,000-gallon rainwater harvesting tanks at their residence. Water stored in one tank is used to fill an outdoor pool and flush two indoor toilets. When there is not enough rainwater in the tank to meet demands, city water auto-fills the tank. The other tank abuts a large church building and collects water flowing off the roof of the building. The Hugetzes got permission from the church to harvest rainwater that would otherwise have flowed onto their property. The harvested water is used to irrigate flower beds and the landscape.

The Texas Rain Catcher Award competition began in 2007 and is open to all individuals, companies, organizations, municipalities, and other local and state governmental entities in Texas. It recognizes entities and individuals both within the rainwater harvesting community and beyond and establishes their reputations as those dedicated to water conservation in Texas. Awards are made in several categories.

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.