On November 2 in Boerne, Texas, the Hill Country Alliance will once again host its annual Rainwater Revival – a lively, free event for novices and wannabe harvesters of rainwater. A full day of speakers, exhibitors, food and fun is planned to help homeowners and businesses reduce their impact on the environment, save money on their water bills and learn the joys and deliciousness of captured rainwater.
Homeowners who live entirely on rainwater, along with experienced professional catchment system installers and do-it-yourselfers, will share information throughout the day.
Event-goers can admire and purchase rain barrels that have been turned into functional works of art by Hill Country artists. The barrels, on display now at locations throughout Kendall and Kerr counties, will be offered for sale during a live auction at 1 p.m.; proceeds go to a grant program that funds catchment and conservation programs at Hill Country schools. Children will learn about conservation at the event’s Raindrop Stop, which offers hands-on, fun-filled activities for the younger folk. Food trailers and live music round out the event, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Our continuing drought situation makes it even more important for people who live anywhere in Texas to learn how they can use water provided directly, free of charge from nature,” said Karen Ford, event chair. “Wells go dry, surface water evaporates, but just one inch of rain on a 1,000-square-foot roof can provide 600 gallons of soft, mineral-free water.”
Presentations are designed to help any rainwater user or potential user take the next step in developing their systems. Learn from homeowners who will discuss what to expect when living on rainwater, get tips for financing a system, see first-hand a complete rainwater system, and learn how and why to build a rain garden at your home, school or business. These are just a few of the topics to help attendees learn more about the many advantages of rainwater catchment.
“Setting up a rainwater catchment system is much less complicated than people tend to think,” Ms. Ford continued. “The Rainwater Revival was originated as a ‘celebration of collection, conservation and common sense,’ and thanks to wonderful sponsors there is no admission charge.”
HCA’s Rainwater Revival has won the Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Award for Public Awareness and the Texas Water Development Board’s Rain Catcher Award. Recipients of the 2012 school grant program will be recognized at the event, as will other Rain Catcher winners – the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, Willow City Fire & Rescue, and presenter Billy Kniffen.
More information about the Rainwater Revival, a full schedule of speakers, photos of the art barrels, and information on rainwater harvesting is available at www.rainwaterrevival.com.