Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rainwater Revival Offers Down-to-Earth Ways to Save Water Resources, Money

Rain! or Shine, October 27 in Boerne

Saving money on your water bill and saving precious water resources go hand-in-hand when you collect free water from the sky for your indoor or outdoor water use. The October 27 Rainwater Revival is set to help you learn from experts how to use rain catchment at your urban cottage, suburban homestead or home on the range.

“Water catchment makes sense no matter how big or small your house or property is,” said Sky Jones-Lewey, Resource Protection and Education Director for the Nueces River Authority and President of the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) Board of Directors. “It surprises people when they find out how easy and inexpensive a system can be.” HCA sponsors the annual Rainwater Revival, which brings together knowledgeable speakers for all levels of interest in saving earth’s resources while saving money.
In addition to speakers on two stages throughout the day, fest-goers will have the opportunity to bid on professionally decorated rain barrels at a silent auction. Hill Country area artists spend weeks designing and painting 55-gallon rain barrels, turning them into stunning works of functional art for your porch or yard. 

“This is a one-stop place to learn about water catchment from a variety of professionals and homeowners – some live entirely on rainwater, some use rain catchment only for outside irrigation,” said Karen Ford, Chair of the Rainwater Revival and owner of a Hill Country public affairs company. “All are passionate about lessening their carbon footprints and saving water as well as money. In addition to demonstrations and usable information, there will be equipment vendors, and of course, music, food and fun. Children will especially enjoy the Rain Drop Spot for arts and crafts.” 

The Rainwater Revival is under way from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at the Boerne Convention & Community Center, 820 Adler Road. Admission is free. For information about the event, the speaker lineup or to view the art barrels, visit

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