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New Mexico Ag Expo seminar to cover rainwater harvesting

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For several years New Mexico has undergone water shortages due to an extended drought. As we continue to seek sources of water to meet our needs, we have begun to reexamine rainwater harvesting.

The 21st annual New Mexico Ag Expo, sponsored by Plateau, is pleased to bring Blair Stringham, Ph.D., New Mexico State Extension water specialist, to discuss the topic of rainwater harvesting. The presentation is at 3 p.m., Feb. 19 at in the McAlister Room at the Jake Lopez Building on the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales, N.M. The seminar is sponsored by CenturyLink.

Rainwater harvesting provides an alternative source of water that can be implemented by anyone, according to Stringham. Rainwater harvesting is accomplished when rainwater is diverted and stored for later beneficial use. Using rainwater for our water needs reduces demand on our present water supplies, reduces runoff, and reduces contamination of surface waters. The captured rainwater can be used for gardens, in-home use, livestock, and wildlife.

This presentation will describe water harvesting and how this can be implemented at your residence. Various components of the harvesting system will be described as well as how to design and install all of the components of a water harvesting system.

Date: 2/11/2013



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