|Archived News: Texas rainwater harvesting at a crossroads - a town hall meeting June 15|
McKinney Roughs Nature Park
Cedar Creek, Texas
By: Jim Champion (Past President, TRCA); David Crawford (President, ARCSA), Chris Maxwell-Gaines, P.E. (Innovative Water Solutions), Jack Holmgreen (Sparkletap Water Company, Director, ARCSA), John Kight, P.E., Scott O. Shaffer (Texas Water Savers Co.)
A small trade association of plumbers and contractors based in southeast Harris County reportedly pushed for introduction of H.B. 2062 in the Texas House of Representatives Feb. 28, 2013. The bill (attached) read, in part:
"Plumbing means the installation, repair, and service of equipment for rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting" means the capture, diversion, storage, treatment, and distribution of rainwater from a roof structure for landscape irrigation, potable drinking water, or nonpotable use for a personal residence or domestic use.”
H.B. 2062 as introduced could have set rainwater harvesting back ten years. Fewer systems would have almost certainly been built and at higher prices and lower quality.
But because of the dedicated work of a small group of rainwater professionals (see attached, "Amending H.B. 2062”), the worst of H.B. 2062 (for the rainwater community) appears to have been struck. Next time could be different – very different, and very bad.
Let’s face facts: we need to begin organizing for effective, pro-active, rainwater harvesting advocacy in the interests of consumers, installers, manufacturers, vendors and municipalities.
Join us Saturday, June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at McKinney Roughs Nature Park to begin this work in a town hall meeting hosted by Water Wise Conference.
Who should attend:
· Homeowners who have rainwater harvesting systems
· Homeowners planning on building a system
· Cistern manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers
· Professional rainwater harvesting system designers and installers
· Rainharvest equipment manufacturers and marketing staff
· Vendors and re-sellers of rainwater harvesting system components
· ARCSA members
· TRCA members
· Master Naturalists
· Master Gardeners
· Members of sustainable-living, and conservation-promoting, organizations across Texas
· City, state and county officials responsible for effective water conservation programs
· Anyone interested in contributing to effective public policy affecting Texas water resources
Event details and our registration form are available at www.texaswatersavers.com. website.
Click on "Crossroads” Town Hall Meeting, and then, Register for "Crossroads.”
We are at a ‘crossroads,’ friends. Are we going to define our industry or let others do it? Are we going to "continue our advocacy the same as before” or "step up our game”? The answers to these and many other questions are up to us. We look forward to welcoming you to this critically important conversation June 15 and the opportunity to begin developing informed answers and effective advocacy for everyone who enjoys or plans to enjoy all the benefits of rainharvesting.
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