Water Harvesting Resources
These water harvesting resources are organized into three categories: Demonstration Sites, Online Resources, and Workshops.
|Online Resource||University of Arizona Extension||Water Wise, Cochise County||
Informative webpage, especially for beginners wanting a small system; lots of helpful links, including local suppliers; tip to utilize privacy walls to assist with rainwater harvesting; links to very helpful brochures documenting how to build a rainwater harvesting system with 55-gallon barrels or with a 170-gallon stock tank
|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||EPA Online Training in Watershed Management||
This website offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field.
|Online Resource||University of Arizona Extension||A Guide: Rain Barrel Water Harvesting||
Nice brief brochure dedicated to rain barrels only; very good for small-scale beginners
|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||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