Rainwater Harvesting Workshop to answer homeowner questions

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Allison Watkins, 325-659-6522, aewatkins@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANGELO – With November predicted by some weather prognosticators to be wetter than normal, now is an ideal time to learn about rainwater harvesting and to make rain barrels to catch the anticipated “liquid gold,” said a gardening expert.

Allison Watkins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for Tom Green County, said the Concho Valley Master Gardeners will conduct a free Rainwater Harvesting Workshop from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Fort Concho Commissary Building in San Angelo.

The meeting site is located on the grounds of historic Fort Concho, 630 South Oakes Street.

“This is an ideal time to learn about rainwater harvesting all the way from simply catching water in a barrel, to the intricacies involved in building a whole house-system,” said Watkins. “The reason there is no charge is because we have a number of sponsors and vendors willing to support this event; not only monetarily, but also by sharing their wide range of expertise in this fast-growing technology.”

Joining AgriLife Extension and the Concho Valley Master Gardeners as sponsors for the workshop are the Upper Colorado River Authority, City of San Angelo’s Water Conservation Division and The People/Plant Connection.

Vendors will include All-Tex Irrigation, Bes-Tex, American Sales, Angelo Seamless Gutter, Neiman Environments Inc. and Native American Seed.

RSVP to register and reserve rain barrel-making materials by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County at 325-659-6522.

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