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Rainwater Harvesting: Innovative Uses And Water Security

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Declining aquifer levels and the rapidly rising cost of water supply and management has prompted suppliers, builders, and homeowners across the region to turn to alternative sources of water. As we look to a long-term future of increasing population growth and demand on groundwater resources, how can individuals, businesses, and cities create sustainable water supply in innovative ways? How can we incentivize water independence and conservation?
 
Increasingly, these stakeholders are turning to rainwater as a viable source of water for landscape irrigation, in-home and commercial uses. Cities are now utilizing rainwater harvesting as an innovative stormwater management strategy. Texas, and the Hill Country, is known as a region of rainwater harvesting innovation nationwide.

This panel discussion was recorded on December 7, 2017 at the Boerne Public Library.

 
Moderator: Bob Webster

 
Panelists:

  • Rep. Jason Isaac, State Representative District 21
  • John Kight, Kendall County rainwater advocate
  • Ana Gonzalez PhD., Environmental Scientist, City of Austin Watershed Protection Department
  • Troy Dorman PhD. P.E., Water Engineer, Tetra Tech Engineering