Nonprofit Hill Country Alliance 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 Hill Country Alliance 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.

For the past three years, Hill Country Alliance, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness and builds support for preserving the natural resources of the Central Texas Hill Country, has been hosting the Rainwater Revival. The free annual event educates and inspires Hill Country homeowners and business owners about the many benefits of rainwater harvesting as a primary or supplementary source of water. The event features presentations by industry experts, practicing professionals, and users of harvested rainwater. Vendors for rainwater harvesting businesses and conservation organizations are also on hand to share information with attendees. Funds generated during the event through sale of donated art and exhibits are awarded to local area schools for rainwater harvesting-type projects. About 800 to 1,000 people typically attend the event each year.

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.