‘Rainwater University’ to be April 16-18 at Texas A&M AgriLife center in Dallas

Program will address small- and large-scale rainwater harvesting

DALLAS — The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas will be presenting Rainwater University 2014, a program on both small- and large-scale rainwater harvesting, April 16-18, said program coordinators.

Rainwater University 2014 will be April 16-18 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas . (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Rainwater University 2014 will be April 16-18 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The center is located at 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. Program presentations all three days will be in Building C, Classroom 3.

“Rainwater harvesting is a viable alternative water source for your landscape, garden, livestock, wildlife and indoor non-potable and potable uses,” said Dotty Woodson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist based in Dallas.

Woodson said Rainwater University will have presentations and hands-on training provided by rainwater harvesting experts from around the country.

“From constructing a 55-gallon rain barrel or small home rainwater catchment system to designing and installing large commercial rainwater collection systems above and below ground to understanding how to irrigate from your cistern, this three-day educational event will have it all,” Woodson said.

Woodson said attendees can sign up for one or all Rainwater University offerings. The cost of each daily program is $75, with registration online at http://dallas.tamu.edu/.

Presentation topics and demonstrations will be:

April 16

– Small- and Large-Scale Residential Collection Systems.

– Irrigating with Collected Rainwater – With or Without a Pump.

April 17

– Large-Scale Commercial Systems.

– Underground and Aboveground Collection Systems.

– Non-potable and Potable Uses of Rainwater.

– Installing an Irrigation System from Your Rainwater Harvesting System.

April 18

– Low Impact Development – Green Roofs and Rain Gardens.

– Stormwater Protection.

– Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Credits for Water Conservation.

– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program.

For more information, contact Woodson at 817-723-3666 or d-woodson@tamu.edu.

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