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Rainwater Harvesting Program Set for February 13 in Amarillo

Billy Kniffen, retired AgriLife Extension specialist and noted rainwater harvesting expert, will be the featured program speaker.

AMARILLO – The Rainwater Harvesting for Home Landscaping program will be conducted Feb. 13 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Potter County.

“Rainwater harvesting is an innovative and efficient means of utilizing water,” said Nathan Carr, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Potter County. “This process collects rainwater, stores it and uses it when needed. It is extremely useful as it lessens the demand on existing water supplies and saves for times when it is needed.”

The program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon in the Commercial Exhibit Building on the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.

The fee is $15, payable at the door. Participants are requested to make a reservation by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Potter County at 806-373-0713.

The program will highlight:

  • The need and purpose of harvesting and collecting rainwater.

  • Rainwater harvest collection and storage systems for homes.

  • Equipment for rainwater harvest around houses and buildings.

  • Equipment for home yard irrigation from harvested rainwater.  

Billy Kniffen, retired AgriLife Extension specialist and noted rainwater harvesting expert, will be the featured program speaker. He has educated audiences throughout the country on rainwater collection systems and utilization.

Kniffen resides in Menard, a town in the Texas Hill Country that annually receives about 20 inches of rain. He exclusively collects and uses rainwater for in-home use and exterior landscaping and gardening.    

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