Rainwater Harvesting: Conserving Water at DHS

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Decatur High School uses water for numerous tasks on a daily basis. Whether its watering schools lawns, washing animals at the Ag building, watering greenhouse plants, or cooking in the cafeteria and washing one’s hands; DHS could not function without the readily available supply of water. Unfortunately, water has become scarcer in Texas over the past few years, because of extreme drought conditions. Due to the limited supply of water in Wise County and surrounding areas, DHS should install a rainwater harvesting system. People often take water for granted, assuming that it will always be readily available. They see endless pictures of beautiful lakes, rivers, and oceans that have an abundance of crystal clear water on websites such as…show more content…
In the same way, Georgia Tech created a 6000-gallon collection system that waters landscape and allows over flow to travel to a nearby pond (“Old Civil”). These two schools are merely examples of the hundreds of schools seeking to make a positive impact on their environment. At CHRIS Kids, a foster care system in Atlanta, Georgia, a 19,400-gallon collection tank was built to provide water for irrigation. Property manager Harold Moreau stated “We use those gallons of water for our irrigation. The property has a lot of natural vegetation, and with the readily available source of water from the cistern, we’re able to water accordingly as well as reduce costs, because we’re not taking in any city water to use for our irrigation program”(“CHRIS Kids”). Building a proper rainwater system can be rather expensive upfront; however, many organizations offer funding to assist with the cost and in the long run, the benefits will outweigh the cost that was spent to build it. According to the Texas Water Development Board, a typical collection system for a home will cost between eight to ten thousand dollars (“Frequently Asked Questions”). While this sounds like an outrageous price to collect a small amount of water, systems can actually collect a lot of water from only a little amount of rain. The average rainfall in Austin is 32 inches annually, but homes can collect up to 34,000 gallons of water per year (“Frequently Asked

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