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Posted on: November 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Commissioner Cook Encourages Rainwater Collection

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Mr. Allan Standen is the recipient of the 2023 Texas Water Development Rain Catcher Award recognizing his excellence in design and implementation of rain catchment in his home. He received this award on October 5, 2023.

The Standen residence in Bell County was designed and built with rainwater harvesting in mind since municipal water service is unavailable in the neighborhood. The design provides for 100 percent of the household water needs by maximizing the 4,000-square foot metal roof collection area while minimizing the conveyance distance between roof eaves and storage tanks. The two 10,000-gallon storage tanks are located underneath an exterior deck, allowing the system to conform to the natural slope of the lot while keeping the tanks out of sight. By collecting and capturing rainwater, Mr. Standen has conserved local groundwater resources by avoiding the need to drill a well, minimized erosion, and provided water back into the watershed through an underground overflow pipe.

The Texas Rain Catcher Award competition began in 2007 and is open to all individuals, companies, organizations, municipalities, and other local and state governmental entities in Texas. It recognizes entities and individuals in the rainwater harvesting community and beyond and establishes award recipients as dedicated water conservation leaders in Texas. The Standen residence is one of five awardees being recognized statewide for 2023.

Mr. Standen explained how he has adapted his entire home to rainwater use. His originality and innovation and knowledge of how to adapt by innovation is key to his success. Mr. Standen is not new to Bell County because as a professional geoscientist, he has overseen the development of the 3D visualization of the county for Clearwater which has brought great discernment on how managing the resource is being affected by the geologic structure of the County and how overuse of this resource in Williamson County has has resulted in insurmountable lack of sustainability in the next decade.

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