Spring is here and so is our rainy season. The city of Houston ranks second in the state, after Port Arthur, for total rainfall inches. Out of 48" of rainfall last year, 5.15" fell in May and 5.35" fell in June. With our growing population and limited supply of both groundwater and surface water, we must use water wisely. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use, and it is good for your landscaping.
Rainwater is free of salts and other minerals that harm root growth. It percolates into the soil and forces salts down and away from root zones. This allows roots to grow better and makes plants more drought tolerant. Whether your landscape is large or small, developed or new, now is the time to prepare to catch our rainwater by installing a rainwater harvesting system.
Harvesting rainwater saves money on your water bill, reduces demand on the municipal water supply, and reduces flooding and runoff which causes erosion and contamination of surface water.
Access a copy of the ‘Rainwater Harvesting’ brochure, prepared by AgriLIFE EXTENSION at Texas A&M, by clicking here.