Take advantage of rain events as much as possible to conserve water!
Here’s the Top Reasons why:
- It’s free!
- Rainwater is always better for plants than treated tap water, due to its nitrogen content.
- Collecting rainwater helps prevent erosion. If you don’t have specific plants or gardens to water, you can capture the water and release it slowly over the days following a rain storm. Releasing it slowly allows more water to penetrate the ground, and again, prevents erosion–less of your soil will flow off the property with the water!
- It’s tax-exempt! Rainwater harvesting components are tax-exempt per state law.
- There’s a rebate from the City!
- Rainwater collection IS permitted within City limits. HOAs cannot prohibit collection.
- Another free and more consistent water source to collect is your air conditioner condensate! Collect it in the same barrel as your rainwater for continued water savings. During hot weather, our air conditioners are running more than ever, creating that little stream of water throughout the day that keeps the side of your yard wet and the grass green! This is basically distilled water that can be used the same way water rainwater can.
- Water can be used to fill ponds, birdbaths, water gardens, or slowly released to reduce erosion.
- Barrels can be purchased many places locally! See the listing below*
(*please note, this isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list, just a good starting point.)
- Polymart (Austin)
- Tank Town (2770 Hwy 290 W, Dripping Springs 78620)
- Hwy 290 Fence & Ranch Supply (2110 Hwy 290 W, Dripping Springs 78620)
- Timber Tanks (10608 Hwy 290 W, Austin 78736)
- EcoWise (110 W. Elizabeth St, Austin 78704) barrels
- Green Water (Austin) metal barrels
- Innovative Water Solutions: whole system installation, design, consultation
- Callahan’s General Store (501 Bastrop Hwy/S Hwy 183, Austin 78741)
- Sometimes they are available at Lowes and The Home Depot garden centers
- Round Rock Gardens (901 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock), has one model I’ve seen
- Zinger’s Hardware & General Merchant (4001 N. Lamar, Ste 300, Austin 78756)
- www.tanksforless.com Huge assortment of tanks and barrels of all sizes
- The Natural Gardener (8648 Old Bee Caves Rd, Austin 78735)
- Tank Depot online or at 3303 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin 78734
- Plastic-Mart online sales of water tanks
- Texas Metal Tanks (16200 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs 78620), 512-565-0875
- Spruce Creek RainSaver
- The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting from the Texas Water Development Board to learn how to install your own rainwater harvesting system.
- The AgriLife Extension office offers good information on RWH at their website too.
- American Rainwater Catchment Association
- City of Austin’s Grow Green program’s Guide to Rain Gardens give step-by-step instructions on how to create a rain garden.