Lubbock resident harvests rain to keep lawn green

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Updated: 7/14/2013 3:07 am
As the drought continues to parch much of the western United States, one Lubbock resident is able to keep his grass lush and green by supplementing city water with rain water.

Karl Craig harvests rain, an idea he acted upon a few years back after hearing that Lake Meredith was hitting record lows.

"I figured, gee, that'll either make water not available or it'll be so expensive we won't be able to afford it," Craig said. "God sends us some rain every once and a while, I thought maybe I ought to catch that."

Craig has nine 30-gallon plastic barrels for his back yard and eight 30-gallon plastic barrels for his front yard.

He said he uses the rain water collected in these barrels to supplement the city's water supply and only uses it sparingly.

When the vegetation begins to wilt, he said he cranks up the rain barrels.

The contraption cost him about $200, an expense he said has been well worth it.

"Car washes receive their materials like soaps and etc. in 30-gallon plastic barrels," Craig said. "Well, they don't fit in the trash truck so they have to figure, 'how am I going to get rid of these things?' I helped 'em out. I took 'em for free."

Craig said a quarter-inch of rain will fill about four barrels.
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