|(Seguin) -- Water doesn't have to be wasted. The techniques behind rainwater harvesting will be introduced during a special presentation scheduled for today at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center. Leading the Rainwater Harvesting for Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters event will be John Smith, extension programs specialist at Texas A&M University.|
Smith says unfortunately, it's usually when water restrictions are enforced that homeowners tend to think more about collecting or rationing water.
He says today’s program will hopefully lay out all the options in harvesting water and will help point people in the right direction.
"We have some on-site demonstrations that you can see and better understand what goes into an installed system. Then we also have some dirt plots there on site where you can see the different species and we'll talk about their acceptance to a less watered environment so that is really very special and (we'll) conclude with the turf presentation (that) includes the irrigation as well as fertilization," said Smith.
Smith says today’s presentation is the result of an ongoing partnership to protect local water.
"One of the big things to understand is that this is all done in coordination with our watershed coordinator in Geronimo and Alligator Creek's efforts and endeavors to clean up some pollution problems that we have in those watersheds and certainly, this is part of an ongoing series that the watershed effort and watershed plan includes," said Smith.
Ward Ling, program specialist at Texas A&M University, says he believes the program will engage even more people to get started with rainwater harvesting.
"The Seguin area has always been receptive to rainwater harvesting being tied so closely to the Edward Aquifer and just daily watching it on the news and seeing the effects of drought and the effects of planning upon it -- the folks in that area just have a real sensitivity to water issues I believe and always respond well in ways to conserve it," said Ling.
Participants are also invited to pick up soil sample bags at either the Comal or Guadalupe County Extension offices and bring them in for a free soil test during today’s event. A 50 gallon rain barrel will also be given away as a special door prize. The presentation which includes lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the SOLC located at 1865 U.S. Highway 90. To reserve your spot, call 830-303-3889.