Rainwater harvesting is an alternate water supply and stormwater management approach anyone can use. Harvested rainwater can be stored in rain barrels, large and small above-ground or below-ground cisterns, and ponds. Stored rainwater can offset part of the municipal or well water normally used for landscape irrigation.
The rainwater harvesting group of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service educates Texans about rainwater harvesting as an alternate or supplemental source of water so Texans can have a sustainable source of water. These Extension Specialists also educate how collecting rainwater is a means to control storm water runoff, which helps to reduce pollution in our rivers and streams. Also rainwater can be used for livestock, wildlife, firefighting and drinking water with correct filtration and sanitation.