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BAE Systems receives the Texas Water Development Board's Texas Rain Catcher Award

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AUSTIN – (March 21, 2018) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced today the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. BAE Systems was recognized in the commercial/industry category.

The TWDB's Texas Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas, promotes rainwater harvesting technology, and educates the public on this important water-saving practice.

In 2015, BAE Systems installed a rainwater harvesting system at its 140-acre campus in Austin, Texas. The system consists of a 2,500-gallon tank, pump, and filtration and disinfection equipment. The stored water is augmented by air handler condensate collection and is cross-connected to Austin Water municipal supply as backup. The system provides water to toilets and urinals in one of the campus' buildings and will be expanded to provide water to 10 additional buildings.

In addition, there are two 2,500-gallon tanks that provide water for irrigation of educational gardens and serve as a backup water source for water-chilling equipment.

The Texas Rain Catcher Award competition began in 2007 and is open to all individuals, companies, organizations, municipalities, and other local and state governmental entities in Texas. It recognizes entities and individuals in the rainwater harvesting community and beyond and establishes award recipients as dedicated water conservation leaders in Texas. BAE Systems is one of five awardees being recognized statewide this year.

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.