Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

By Janis Test: Information Services Manager/Abilene Public Library

 

 

 

Many take water for granted, although here in dry West Texas we consider water a precious commodity. With the demands of an increasing population and a limited supply, insuring that future generations will have adequate supplies at a reasonable cost is something we must address today. A free workshop at Abilene Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 8 in the library’s second floor auditorium will do just that. During “Rainwater Harvesting” Taylor County Extension Service Master Gardeners and rainwater specialists Dennis Boeshart and Jo Rake will talk about what we as homeowners can do to conserve and protect our water resources and at the same time save money. {{more}}The presenters will cover how to capture rainwater in barrels and by other means and how using rainwater can reduce the demands for fertilizer and chemical inputs while actually improving plant vigor. You’ll learn how rainwater can sustain a more environmentally-conscious landscape while saving you money. The rainwater specialists will also cover how to create a rain garden in your landscape, irrigation of bedding areas and how to attract wildlife using rainwater harvesting features.Master Gardeners who serve as Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation Efficiency Specialists have received specialized training and are certified trainers on this topic.