Brown County man harvests 99,000 gallons of rainwater
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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.