Harper Library nets grant to help collect rainwater

A GRANT for $7,613 to buy and install a rainwater collec-tion system at the Harper Li-brary was presented last week by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative. On hand for the presentation were, in front from left, Tomi Pugh, president of the board of the Harper Library and li-brary director; Sandra Kibby, LCRA board member; (se-cond row) Steve Dyer, LCRA representative; Barbara Hofmann, CTEC representa-tive; Doylene Bode, CTEC board member; Kathryn Jenschke, Harper Library board vice president; Pau-lette Leyendecker, Harper Library board treasurer; Mary Kampa, library representative; Steve Dodge, Harper Library board member, and (in back) library representatives Tony Winans and Karen Conway.

A community development grant to help the Harper Library install a rainwater collection system on its property was presented last week.

The Lower Colorado River Authority and Central Texas Electric Cooperative provided the $7,613 grant to help the library purchase and install the system’s gutters, rainwater storage tank, pump house, down spouts and jet pumps.

The system will serve as a water conservation model for area residents.

“Our focus is on bettering the community, and we want this rainwater system to serve as an example for people,” said Tomi Pugh, Harper Library board president and library director.

“We think that demonstrating the effective use of rainwater collection and its use fits perfectly with our other projects that benefit the community, such as recycling and participating in the Adopt-a-Highway cleanup program,” Pugh said.

The rainwater collection system is Phase 1 of the library board’s project.

Phase 2 will include the completion of a garden with native plants. The overall project will be maintained by the library with the help of area volunteer master gardeners and master naturalists.

This community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program.

The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas.

The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Central Texas Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.


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