Expert talks in Llano about benefits of harvesting rainwater
July 23, 2013, 5:10 pm by Lance Reaves
The recent rains in Llano Countyprovided a fitting platform for Weston Neiman, who spoke at the Lantex Theater Thursday night about how harvesting rainwater is a beneficial way to ease the state’s water crisis.
Neiman, who works for the Native American Seed Company in Junction, spoke plainly about he feels creating sustainable water systems is important.
"I believe it is the greatest challenge to ever face mankind,” he said.
Fresh water is an infinitely replenishable resource, Neiman said, but at a finite and variable rate.
In other words, he explained the amount of water has not changed over the years, but the number of people requiring it continues to grow.
For example, Neiman noted the world’s population in 1,750 was less than 1 billion, and predictions are that by 2050, that number will reach 10 billion.
"We aren’t making any more water,” Neiman said.
While speaking over a PowerPoint, Neiman highlighted the statistics behind collecting rainwater and how it can help the state’s large population.
"Texas needs over 1.5 trillion gallons per year to support the population,” he said, "by capturing 1.1 percent of all the rain that falls in an average year, every Texan would have 159 gallons per day.”
For the full story, see the Wednesday edition of the Llano County Journal.
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