Brown County man harvests 99,000 gallons of rainwater

Larry Neave's horse drinking gathered rain water.

A fantastic idea for anyone with horses or other animals on their property! You can view the video by clicking on the link at the bottom or by looking at our Habitat for Horses Facebook ~ HfH

From: KTXS

Larry Neave's horse drinking gathered rain water.

Larry Neave’s horse drinking gathered rain water.

Brookesmith Texas: While the drought has brought many to worry about water and keeping their farm animals hydrated, Larry Neaves made sure he would never have that problem.

He and his wife Peggy made a $70,000 investment five years ago in a rainwater harvesting system that he says has turned out to be more than worth it.

“It sounds like a huge initial cost and it was a pretty good size chunk of money, but if we we’re having to keep all these animals with water and pay through public utilities, then we would be spending a heck of a lot more,” Neaves said.

He has more than 10 1,500-gallon tanks located across his 700 acres of land along with one 65,000-gallon tank. He uses the water to not only for his animals but also for irrigation purposes.

Rainwater harvesting can also be used to collect water for lawns and gardens if you live in town.

“Landscaping is just part of human nature so if nothing else, some of the 55-gallon landscaping or rainwater collection barrels, they’re not hard to make, and for approximately $55 you could buy the materials and make one yourself,” County Extension Agent Scott Anderson said.

If you would like to know more about the process, you can contact Anderson at (325) 646-0386.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Maggie Frazier

    Well, if one person in Texas has done this – why hasn’t there been more publicity about it? It would be a great deal of help to many people especially in the West at this time.

    September 17, 2014
    • Posted by Habitat for Horses

      Another great thing I found out is that the gentleman in the article is an HfH adopter!!!! Way to go!

      September 17, 2014
  • Daryl

    I collect rain water for my plants in my court yard for the plants, rain water will make the plants grow and stay alive better then the city water.

    September 17, 2014
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    Peggy sent me this yesterday. They are absolutely brilliant – very smart investors, and my favorite couple of all time. Peggy told me in phone conversation yesterday that Jessup, my favorite horse of all time who was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago, had bounced back after giving them a scare – not eating his food. He is now bellowing at the gate for his daily rations. Long live Jessup, and long live Peggy and Larry Neaves!

    September 17, 2014