love Lantana wrote:http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/78R/billtext/html/HB00645F.htm
texas state law prohibits HOAs from not allowing rainwater harvesting or composting
Uther wrote:Yes, and 55 gallons do go *so* far in watering during a hot Texas summer...
Pipeline wrote:I may be an O&G nut, but I absolutely love the free flowing concept of water.
love Lantana wrote:I am going through the Denton County Master gardners program to become a master gardner, last tuesdays class was about rainwater harvesting. Guy who taught it is a HUGE rainwater guy does amazing things here in the US as well as third world countries in rainwater harvesting. His house runs solely on rainwater. 3,500 gallons-from 1"rain is enough to run his house for 2 months. To listen to him to talk about was amazing.
Uther wrote:Pipeline wrote:Problem is storage.
JKTex wrote:A good friend has a boat/performance shop near Austin who built a new building a few years ago. On that side of HWY 71 it would have been near impossible, and extremely expensive to pip water to the new place. He has I think a 2000 gallon tank and harvests the rain water to fill it to supply the building. They don't drink it, but it's used for everything else. Unfortunately, during the hot, dry spells, he has to buy water and have it trucked but it's still cheaper.
Pipeline wrote:Uther wrote:Pipeline wrote:Problem is storage.
Oh, contrare. Rainwater collection storage is the issue on most residential lots, but one possibility I haven't worked out yet. 2 water meters at the curb, one in, and one out, back to the city. Collect the water in the unattractive blue 55 gallon drums from the downspouts, and auto pumps, pump it back for storage with the city. You get a credit from the city for water you return. Problems: Ripping up yards and streets for the new return pipes and meters, and how big would residential pumps need to be to get the water back up to the top of the water towers, or reservoirs. Of course in a reservoir, the USACE could blow all we return out the floodgates if they wished.
I'm on it.
love Lantana wrote:you cant mix your collected water with city water without filtration and following local guidelines.
Pipeline wrote:love Lantana wrote:you cant mix your collected water with city water without filtration and following local guidelines.
I would hope the city already contends with that.
I did say there were some "bugs" to work out.
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