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Har-Con Mechanical – Grundfos North America receives the Texas Water Development Board’s Texas Rain Catcher Award

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AUSTIN – (October 5, 2022) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced today the recipients of its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award, a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program. Grundfos North America in Brookshire, Texas was recognized in the commercial 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 critical water-saving practice.

Grundfos North America’s rainwater harvesting system has reduced potable water consumption by more than 86 percent annually, and the entire project has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification and exemplary performance for water conservation. The water is used for the cooling tower, all flush fixtures, the courtyard water fountain, and pumps and equipment used in a flexible exhibition area.

The project harvests and treats rainwater onsite, collecting from two buildings and the courtyard area of the main office building totaling 31,730 square-feet. Water is stored in two 50,000-gallon underground storage tanks before being distributed to the utility building where it is processed through the Grundfos AQ-Pure water treatment system, the first of its kind in the United States. Based on the capture area and annual average rainfall, the project team anticipates the system will collect approximately 873,183 gallons of rainwater annually.

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. Har-Con Mechanical - Grundfos North America 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 water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.