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Gray Water-Safe Household Practices

If you are irrigating with gray water, you will need to be careful about what you send down the sink, bathtub and laundry drain as some substances can damage your gray water irrigation system and your landscaping. Avoid putting solids or fat or oils into drains that feed into your gray water system. These substances […]

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Great Idea: Green Roofs

Simply stated, a green roof is a roof on which vegetation takes the place of asphalt, gravel and shingles. A green roof consists of a waterproofing layer, a drainage layer, growing media (soil) and plants. Among the many benefits of a green roof are that it: mitigates urban heat island improves energy efficiency of building […]

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Great Idea: Living Walls

Living walls are vertical surfaces comprised of an irrigated plant mass. Living walls are an ideal application of harvested rainwater or grey water in that they offer biofiltration of volatile organic compounds to mitigate indoor air pollution. For more information, see: The Rooftop Garden Climbs Down a Wall, New York Times Tree Walls and Towers, […]

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Rainwater Myths

This is a collection of a few of the more common misconception about rainwater collection we have heard. “I already have a rain barrel(s), why would I want to spend money on a larger system?” In Central Texas, the average annual rain fall is 32” so, if you have an average sized roof, say 1200 […]

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Winterizing Your System

When near-freezing temperatures are looming it’s time to address what you will need to do to winterize your rainwater, greywater and irrigation systems. You will need to watch the weather and take steps to protect your system when freezing temperatures are expected. You can set up alerts on weather.com that will send you a text […]

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Why Harvest Rainwater? A Quick Answer.

Here’s a list of benefits for the average homeowner: Depending on your irrigating needs, you can potentially halve your potable water costs. The City of Austin offers a rebate of up to 50% of costs, up to $5,000. Many customers say that harvesting rainwater is the most tangible and satisfying sustainable practice that has broad […]

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Resource Balanced Design

With more revelations about the impact increasing numbers of humans will have on the planet and projections of water shortages around the globe in the very near future, we believe the use of rainwater, gray water and even recycled black water will become more widely accepted. We call our approach to water and wastewater system […]

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