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Sustainable Rain Saving

Rain barrel water harvesting
Ivy Water Solutions

Whether it comes in misty drops, showers or dousing storms, rainfall helps sustain our lives.

And as rainfall becomes more precious – and rare during widespread drought conditions – actions to collect rainfall are making a big comeback. That’s why communities like Plano are boosting efforts to educate and encourage its citizens to embrace rainwater harvesting. It’s an easy and sustainable activity that can not only save people money, but also help stabilize community water supplies and protect our environment.

For a limited time, the City of Plano is offering its residents a special discount on rain barrel purchases. Plus, residents are invited to attend a Rain Barrel Class this Wednesday, Feb. 5 to learn about rain barrels, installation and maintenance. Two one-hour class sessions are available from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 West Plano Parkway. Residents are required to pre-register at

The special discount rain barrel offer features a 50 gallon barrel by Ivy Rain Water Solutions.

You can go here to find out more about the Plano rain barrel program, including why the Ivy barrel offer was chosen and answers to other frequently asked questions. Deadline for online orders is Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11:00 p.m.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Harvest Rainwater as featured on the program’s website.
1. Protect our rivers, streams, and ponds from runoff pollution
2. Divert water from the municipal storm drain system
3. Conserve this vital natural resource and reduce your water bills
4. Use the nitrogen-rich rain water to grow healthy and lush plants
5. Control moisture levels around the foundation of your home

Go here to learn more about rainwater harvesting and its benefits from Innovative Water Solutions of Austin, Tex.

Based on a report by the U.S. Drought Monitor service, as of Jan. 28 this year, 81 percent of Texas is in some level of drought. The drought map for our state shows approximately 23 percent of Texas in “Severe” or worse drought conditions, and 7 percent of Texas is in “Extreme” or “Exceptional Drought.” Areas including the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Plano show drought conditions as “Abnormally Dry” or in “Moderate Drought.” Click here to find out more about Texas drought conditions by viewing the U.S. Drought Monitor map and website.

Texas Governor Rick Perry renewed an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on Jan. 16 certifying that exceptional drought conditions pose a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas. Read more the proclamation here.

The Texas Water Development Board reports that reservoir storage in Texas averages 64 percent full, with a range from 0 percent full in some West Texas reservoirs to 100 percent full in parts of East Texas. For additional information click here to view the Texas Water Development Board Reservoir Storage website.

Go here to view additional information that tracks Texas reservoir levels in the Plano area and statewide.

Plano remains under Stage 3 water conservation measures. Learn more about current water restrictions by visiting this website.

View the Plano watering calendar for guidelines on outdoor water use.

Visit to find out more about Plano’s sustainability and environmental events, activities and educational offerings.

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