Rain for Plants and People
There are many reasons to turn to harvesting rain for people and plants areas where we are solely dependent on groundwater for our water supplies. Rainwater is a renewable resource and can be a realistic supply of water for homeowners living in remote areas even in times of drought.
This presentation is sponsored by Growing Healthy Wilcox and Healthy Cochise and given by our own MaryAnn Capehart, Water Wise Community Coordinator. This timely talk will walk you through the basics of rain harvesting systems, a method for considering choosing larger-scale rain harvesting, and information on how to treat rainwater to be drinking water standards. Let us help you consider collecting rainwater as early as this monsoon season!
About the speaker: MaryAnn Capehart is a coordinator at the Water Wise Program, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Cochise County, where she helps the community embrace water wise practices like conserving water indoors, collecting rainwater, using gray watering, xeriscaping, and understanding the state of their watershed. She believes most people want to keep their water supply plentiful and clean and enjoys encouraging and helping them to do just that. She is also an advocate of leaving enough water in our waterways and aquifers for the environment to flourish. Ms. Capehart has a Masters of Environmental Education from the University of Arizona, Tucson and lives in Bisbee, Arizona.
She was recently mentioned in an Arizona Central Article, Arizona Legislature should act on rural groundwater, former Gov. Bruce Babbitt says. “Mary Ann Capehart…. spoke about rainwater harvesting as an alternative to drilling a new well, and who described cases of people who own large tanks and are able to use the captured water indoors.” Ms. Capehart relocated to Tucson after spending almost four decades in New York City as a performance artist and adult educator, after which she decided her priority was to contribute to environmental stewardship.
Also consider perusing these supplemental publications on the subject:
Rainwater Collection -- Basic Components of a Rainwater Storage System
Preparing Rain for Potable Use
Choosing Large-scale Rain Harvesting for Potable Supply