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Press Release: RAINDROP HARVESTING SOLUTIONS, LLC, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS RECEIVES TWDB’S TEXAS RAIN CATCHER AWARD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                

CONTACT: KATHIE HITT

P: (866) 635 – 1552 EXT 1

EMAIL: RDHS.LLC@GMAIL.COM

 

Release Date: May 6, 2015


RAINDROP HARVESTING SOLUTIONS, LLC, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS RECEIVES TWDB’S TEXAS RAIN CATCHER AWARD

AUSTIN – (May 6, 2015) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced today the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. RainDrop Harvesting Solutions won the award in the Educational category for its efforts to bring water conservation technologies to the Brazos Valley.

The TWDB’s Texas Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas, promotes rainwater harvesting technology, and educates the public on this important water-saving practice.

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions was founded in 2013 by Kathie Hitt and Henry Luna. The two have a mutual passion for designing and building rainwater harvesting systems and sharing their knowledge with others. RainDrop Harvesting Solutions uses a mobile demonstration unit to spread the word about water conservation and rainwater harvesting in a fun and memorable way to kids and adults alike.

The demonstration uses an electric pump to recirculate rainwater through each component of a rainwater harvesting system. In addition, the demonstration features a tank coated in chalkboard paint that encourages children to write or draw on the tank as they learn about rainwater harvesting and water conservation. The portability of the demonstration has allowed Kathie and Henry to travel to schools and events throughout the Brazos Valley.

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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 in the rainwater harvesting community and beyond and establishes award recipients as dedicated water conservation leaders in Texas. RainDrop Harvesting Solutions is one of five awardees being recognized statewide this year.

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.

The award was presented May 6 in Austin during the TWDB board meeting. Kathie Hitt, CEO of RainDrop Harvesting Solutions responded to the honor by saying “It really is an honor to have earned such a prestigious award here in the state of Texas by the Texas Water Development Board. Henry and I are dedicated to water conservation efforts and we want to continue educating the public in a way that is memorable and where our enthusiasm will hopefully catch on. We would like to thank the Texas Water Development Board for recognizing our hard work and commitment to being a leader in water conservation and bringing the best methods to the Brazos Valley and surrounding area.”

About RainDrop Harvesting Solutions

Based on a mutual passion for water conservation, RainDrop Harvesting Solutions is a local small business located in College Station serving the Brazos Valley’s water needs. The company was started in 2013 by Kathie Hitt (Aggie, class of ’90) and Henry Luna and is dedicated to serving the public through education as well as utilizing the most current and best practices in water conservation. The company designs and installs rainwater harvesting systems and offers an array of water services to meet each customer’s unique needs. For more information about RainDrop Harvesting Solutions please visit www.raindropsavers.com.


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Water? Water is Cheap ….

We attended the 6th annual Lone Star Water Forum, Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Brenham, Texas. The next several blog posts will be reporting about the information we heard at this event. Several eye opening points were made by political speakers currently in office here in Texas. When the dots from the speaking points they were making are connected, they paint a precarious picture for inexpensive water resources for the future of Texas. 


We are going to start with a speaker that came later in the conference, but in our humble opinion was the best speaker of the day. He also has a good point of reference on our local water resources and issues since he was a former mayor of Houston. He talked candidly and openly about our water issues here in Texas and made several valid points for consideration. 

“Good stewardship of land leaves open spaces in this state and is important for private property ownership” – Bill White, former mayor of Houston. This is important for sustainability in general. Surface water needs to be preserved and there needs to be respect for historical utilization rights with the end goal being not to deplete this resource completely. A well known fact is that Houston development is growing towards, not away from the Brazos over the next few years. 

He discussed the fact that the Supreme Court of Texas has begged for better rules of capture for water. Water isn’t static — it moves from one place to another both across and underground. Currently, a property owner can drill a well and pump the well of his neighbor dry without any type of repercussion. This has implications for a certain pipeline that is in the works from Burleson to San Antonio. We will discuss this concern in a separate blog post devoted to this issue. 

He pointed out that our 19th century sewer system in a 21st century needs a revamp and that looking at what innovations other countries have in place would be a great start. His landscaping consists of all native plants and grasses only. “Everyone’s lawn doesn’t need to look like a golf course but nor do we need to look like Phoenix, Arizona.” There needs to be a happy medium between the two extremes. 

He made a point to say that Agriculture shouldn’t count solely on groundwater for the future. Industry should return the water the way they found it in his opinion. On taxes for water, he points out that we have a tax for water – your water bill every month. The message is we need to conserve, yet water is cheap which is confusing to say the least. 

He carefully lays out several pieces to the water conservation puzzle. Preserve open spaces from urbanization to allow native plants and wildlife to flourish. Use native plants and grasses in landscaping which conserves water. We need better rules on water capture and ownership. Industry needs to take care of the land they tread on and water rates need to reflect how precious that resource really is. It will be too late when the resource is gone to cry over dry lakes, aquifers and reservoirs. 

All we could think of while we were listening to the speakers at this forum, was how everyone needs some sort of backup water plan in place. What are you doing to preserve water for your family, your land and your needs? Every drop counts even when we are in abundance because it is not an unlimited resource. Look just up the road at Wichita Falls as an example of how limited water can truly become. This is a valid and very real concern for everyone in Texas, not just the Brazos Valley. 

As always, comments and/or questions are always relevant and welcome. 

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com


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Another 500 Gallons Installed

We always enjoy the privilege our customers allow us by sharing their personal property space with us. We get to go into their yards and land and see what their needs are. We get to bring their ‘rainwater vision’ to life. 


Below are a few before the installation pictures. These were taken 3 weeks prior to the installation. The tanks are made locally in our state of Texas so we are thrilled to be part of keeping Texans working. The tank the customer chose was a light brown which is a custom color (dark green and black are standard colors that are readily in stock) so we had to order and wait for it to be produced. It was well worth the wait as you will see in pictures further down. 





This is one view of the site the customer had in mind as to the optimal location for the tank. We agreed with the location for what the customer will be using this for. They want good water for plants and for his fish tanks. Below is another view of the tank location prior to the installation. 


For this installation, we had to level out the pad location and remove this one small tree to give us enough space for the tank pad we planned. In addition, the customer had a run of gutter put on the front of the house to add to the collection amount they would be able to get for this tank. Based on the roof space we are collecting from, we estimate the customer should get 488 gallons from one inch of rain. So this 500 gallon polyethylene tank should be large enough for 1 inch of rain collection. The overflow is into the flowerbed similar to where it was going prior. Below is one of the pictures of the completed installation. 




So as you can see above, there is a nice rectangular pad around the tank. Gravel base and sand are in the pad under the tank. There is a water level monitor calibrated for empty and full. To the left is the water coming into the tank and the First Flush Diverter. To the right is the overflow. This tank and pad matches very nicely to the existing landscaping and home exterior. We are extremely pleased with the look of this system.

Given the fact that College Station averages 35 inches of rain annually and the estimation that the customer will collect 488 gallons with one inch of rain, this customer should be able to collect 17,080 gallons over the course of the year. This tank will overflow, especially in large rainfall events but at least they have taken the first step in conservation. We can always come back in at a later date and trench to a larger tank. We would replace the existing overflow pipe and run that to a larger tank as the new overflow location and then that tank would also have an overflow. So if this customer decides they want to capture more at some point, adding on is very easily accomplished. 




This is about the largest tank we would put in this location. Any larger would not fit properly in the space allotted, and would look out of place due to the diameter and height required to store the volume of water. 


Stay tuned for more pictures as we keep helping customers conserve water in the Brazos Valley and surrounding areas in Texas!

As always, comments and/or questions are always relevant and welcome. 

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com