By Peter Dufrene, PLA
The practices of rainwater harvesting and conservation landscaping have been receiving an increasing amount of attention lately. These practices are beneficial, and it is encouraging that they are receiving mainstream exposure. But they are only part of the solution when it comes to dealing with our water challenges and conserving potable water. The new reality for Central Texans is that water is becoming more scarce by the day, and we can only harvest rainfall if it rains. Does that mean we should abandon water harvesting entirely? Of course not. But water harvesting is only part of the solution. There are other ways of reducing the use of potable water on ornamental landscapes that, when used in combination with water harvesting and conservation landscaping, have the potential to create a truly sustainable solution.
Photo credit: Bart Cayusa