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Release Date: May 6, 2015


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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Gutter: Rainwater Harvesting Term of the Week

This week’s word of the week is Gutter. Guttering is generally installed around the roof surface edges to direct water off the roof in an orderly fashion instead of the water running off the roof in every direction all helter skelter. Our recommendation is installing seamless gutter which allows for maximizing water capture.

Gutter Shown here on our Mobile Harvesting Demo

Gutter is defined as the following according to dictionary.com:
  1. a channel at the side or in the middle of a road or street, for leading off surface water.
  2. a channel at the eaves or on the roof of a building, for carrying off rain water.
  3. any channel, trough, or the like for carrying off fluid.
  4. a furrow or channel made by running water.
  5. Bowling. a sunken channel on each side of the alley from the line marking the limit of a fair delivery of the ball to the sunken area behind the pins.

verb (used without object)

  1. to flow in streams.
  2. (of a candle) to lose molten wax accumulated in a hollow space around the wick
  3. (of a lamp or candle flame) to burn low or to be blown so as to be nearly extinguished.
  4. to form gutters, as water does.

verb (used with object)

  1. to make gutters in; channel.
  2. to furnish with a gutter or gutters: to gutter a new house.

Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English gutter, goter  < Anglo-French goutiere, equivalent to goutte  drop (see gout) + -iere,  feminine of -ier -er2

Gutters are very important in the rainwater harvesting process. Keeping them clean and free of debris for optimum water flow as well as water quality is important. Branches may need trimming to achieve this. There are several methods of keeping the actual gutter trough clean as well. Screen is an option but still allows small debris to travel with the water. We prefer a fine gutter foam that installs right into the gutter and prevents most of the larger debris from entering the rainwater harvesting system. This foam can be taken out of the gutter and hosed off as well much as you can hose off a re-usable air filter for your air conditioning system in your home.

Guttering the entire catchment surface gives you optimum rainwater harvesting capability. If guttering is already installed, then you are left with deciding where to put your tank or cistern and where to direct any overflow. This determines where the downspout and first flush diverter (FFD) will be placed.

If you do not have gutters already installed, it is easy to have them put up. They can also be placed where the downspouts are already in the proper placement for optimum rainwater output. If you are unsure about whether you have the proper guttering to install a system designed to capture all the rainwater your roof can provide, give us a call. We specialize in estimating and designing a system that is tailored to your needs with maximized water efficiency in mind. We also offer maintenance programs that ensure your system is at it’s peak performance year round with no need for cleaning gutters anymore!

Next week we will discuss and define another Rainwater Harvesting System Term. Follow our Blog so you don’t miss it! Thank you for sharing this info with your friends or people you think are interested in it. 

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