Water Harvesting Resources
These water harvesting resources are organized into three categories: Demonstration Sites, Online Resources, and Workshops.
|Online Resource||Texas Climate Information||
Collection of links focused on climate information for Texas
|Online Resource||Texas||The Texas Manual on Rainwater Harvesting||
Easy to read, yet very detailed; lots of info on different types of storage systems; extensive info on treating rainwater for potable use; helpful charts at the ends of sections to summarize foregoing content; some parts are Texas- or Austin-specific (i.e. rainfall patterns and amounts); handy section detailing costs of various components; does not provide any specific how-to instructions
|Online Resource||EPA||National Stormwater Calculator||
EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. Users can select from a menu of green infrastructure practices they would like to use to help control runoff.
|Online Resource||University of Arizona SAHRA||Residential Water Conservation created by SAHRA||
Interactive website with basic info on rainwater harvesting, graywater use, xeriscape, and others
|Online Resource||US EPA||What to Plant||
The Environmental Protection Agency's Water Sense program's collection of links relating to native and water-efficient landscape plants. Information is available for each state
|Online Resource||Texas||Rainwater Harvesting: A Valuable Technique for Providing Alternate Water Supplies||
Very basic presentation on RWH; Texas-based
|Online Resource||Bureau of Reclamation, others||Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections||
This archive contains fine spatial resolution translations of climate projections over the contiguous United States developed using two downscaling techniques (monthly BCSD and daily BCCA), and hydrologic projections over the western U.S. (roughly the western U.S.) corresponding to the monthly BCSD climate projections. The archive is meant to provide access to climate and hydrologic projections at spatial and temporal scales relevant to some of the watershed and basin-scale decisions faced by water and natural resource managers and planners dealing with climate change.
|Online Resource||University of Arizona||Arid Lands learning module||
Lots of very helpful information but a little slow to get through; users must set up an account to access information
|Online Resource||City of Tucson||SmartScape Professional Certification||
Tucson Water, in partnership with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, sponsors the Pima County SmartScape Program. SmartScape promotes best management practices based on Xeriscape principles for creating and maintaining healthy, water-efficient landscapes. This increases irrigation efficiency in the residential, multi-family, commercial, and industrial water user classes. Efficient water use in the landscape creates savings in water, maintenance, energy, and dollars