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The Texas Water Development Board announces the 2016 Texas Rain Catcher Award recipients

For immediate release. Contact: Media Relations at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN – (March 29, 2017)  The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced today the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. The award recipients have displayed excellence in rainwater harvesting in Texas in five categories: agricultural, educational, governmental, manufacturing, and residential.

The 2016 Texas Rain Catcher Award winners are:

  • Martin Family Farms for the collaborative design and installation of the first rainwater harvesting system used for agriculture in Terry County.
  • Herbert Marcus Elementary School in Dallas for the creation of an outdoor classroom that provides students, parents, and the community a venue for learning about rainwater harvesting.
  • New Braunfels Utilities for contributions aimed at raising awareness about water conservation, including the development of a rainwater harvesting system and educational outreach for all ages.
  • Samuel Jackson, Inc. for developing a rainwater harvesting system that captures 90,000 gallons of rainwater and allows the manufacturing plant to sustain operations on a total annual rainfall of only six inches.
  • The Bethune residence for installing a 60,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system that provides both potable and non-potable water.

Since the program began in 2007, the TWDB has recognized numerous entities and individuals across the state. For more information on the Texas Rain Catcher Award, please visit the TWDB's website.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning, and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state's water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.