AgriLife offers home rainwater harvesting course April 30 do-it-yourself course will be held in San Antonio
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SAN ANTONIO – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will present a day-long course on rainwater harvesting for home use April 30 at the Antique Rose Emporium, 7561 East Evans Rd., San Antonio.

“This course goes beyond a basic rainwater harvesting class and gives participants a more detailed understanding of how they can capture and use rainwater for indoor purposes,” said Billy Kniffen, AgriLife Extension program specialist in biological and agricultural engineering.

Kniffen said the course would cover rainwater harvesting for both potable and non-potable uses, and attendees will learn how to filter and disinfect rainwater to meet drinking water quality standards.

The program will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. with sessions from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

“The course also covers methods of using non-potable water separate from the municipal water supply, how to set up a system for gray water and to learn about cross-connection prevention,” Kniffen said.

The morning’s sessions will begin with a welcome and introduction, followed by background information on water issues, incentives, codes and regulations, then a presentation on rainwater-harvesting basics.

Afternoon sessions will address in-home-use rainwater harvesting specifics, including system conveyance, filtration, storage and pumping components, followed by presentations on system sanitation and maintenance. The course will conclude with a question-and-answer and evaluation session beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The fee is $70 for advance registration and $95 on-site. Registration is online at the Texas AgriLife Extension Conference Services Web site, .

For more information, contact Kathryn Nachlinger at 979-845-5385 or .

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