Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District 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 the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, Conroe, is 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.

The mission of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District is to help Montgomery County develop a sustainable, balanced portfolio of water resources. While building a new 4.9-acre headquarters, the district implemented water conservation measures at the facility, including installing a rainwater harvesting system. At the core of the system is a 15,000-gallon underground storage tank that collects water from the parking lot via a gravel-filled arroyo. Overflow is directed to an onsite retention pond. Rain flows from the building's 10,000-square-foot metal roof to four 2,500-gallon above-ground tanks and then to the underground storage tank. The rainwater is used to irrigate trees, grasses, and shrubs at the site.

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.