Thursday, August 19, 2010

August Meeting Announcement Rainwater Harvesting

On Tuesday, August 24th, the San Antonio Sustainable Living monthly meeting will present another informative program free of charge to the general public. This month, we return to Rainwater Harvesting (RWH), one of the most important and sometimes controversial topics in our region and one we haven’t featured in many months. The presenters are new to our group but not new at all to the industry, Susan Oualline and Jim Champion of Texas Rainfall Catchment. If you are looking for a real in-depth discussion of rainwater harvesting, you will not want to miss this meeting. In addition to her expertise in rainwater harvesting, Susan is a Master Naturalist and will be able to add her vast knowledge of native/adapted plants and landscape design to the irrigation aspects of RWH. Susan and Jim will also discuss the current roadblocks arising from our country’s history of the development of waterworks. We as a nation are almost forced to use potable water for all our needs because of a failure to differentiate the various types of non-potable water and develop appropriate codes and standards. They will also mention the energy savings related to RWH because of the large amount of energy required to distribute and pressurize potable water (SAWS is CPS Energy’s biggest customer). The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that up to 58% of water demand could be appropriately met with non-potable water instead of potable water as at present. Think of the energy savings! This promises to be a very informative meeting that I hope you will attend. For more information regarding Susan and Jim, go to their website,

Our regular meetings are the 4th Tuesday of each month (except December), so make a bookmark for these dates on your calendar in advance and check back to this site or the SA Environmental Meetup page for more details on each months’ programs. Please attend the next San Antonio Sustainable Living meeting at 7pm on August 24th. The meeting will be held in the usual location in the classroom within Whole Foods Market in the Quarry Shopping Center (Basse @ 281 @ Jones-Maltsberger). There is no admission fee. Hope to see you there.

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