Water Reuse

Water Reuse in Round Rock

The City of Round Rock has been irrigating with reclaimed, recycled, or reuse water since 1998, when the first reuse project was put into use after completing a pipeline from the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Facility to Forest Creek Golf Club.  By the way, reuse, reclaimed, and recycled water are all just different ways of saying the same thing.  The water is used again before it is discharged into Brushy Creek.

The Water Reuse program was created as an effort to reduce the City’s peak potable water use during the high use months.  The design has incorporated efficiencies and cost savings where possible. The City has taken every advantage of 1) using existing facilities like abandoned wastewater force mains where possible, and 2) starting reuse projects in areas close to the wastewater facilities, where the reuse water is generated thereby minimizing the pipeline lengths and pumping costs thereby reducing the overall costs of the projects.

So, where are we now?  Below is a compilation of completed Water Reuse projects which provide reuse water to the east and northeast side of the City:

  • Treatment, pumping, chlorination, and storage facilities at the Regional WWTP, and 9,000 linear feet of 8, 16-inch transmission and irrigation lines for irrigating in Old Settlers Park (OSP) to the Round Rock Youth Baseball Complex.  This was completed in the Spring of 2012; OSP has been irrigating trees and sports facilities with reuse water since the completion of these facilities.
  • Additional storage and pumping facilities along with 22,900 linear feet of 8, & 16-inch transmission main to the Higher Education Center, Austin Community College, and other parks and schools in the northeast part of the city.  This was completed in November 2014.
  • Subdivisions irrigating common areas and parks have been added since 2013, including Forest Creek HOA, the Freeman Tract, Legends Village HOA, and the Vizcaya development.

Onto the future, the City plans to add an additional 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch transmission main in order to supply Stony Point High School with reuse water.  However, the timeline has not yet been determined.

The City’s goal is to provide reclaimed water to parts of the City, in areas economically practical, and where we can make the most of this low cost, valuable resource.

Reuse Benefits:

  • Reuse conserves scarce and precious raw water supplies by using it on parklands and  other large areas (i.e. golf courses).  Using reuse water in place of potable drinking water cuts down on use of raw water supplies, freeing up supplies for others.
  • Reuse conserves the drinking water supply, major capital expenditures and future surface water rights acquisitions.  Delaying, reducing or eliminating means holding off major capital improvement projects which costs millions of dollars to the taxpayers.
  • Reuse water is a good source of process water for industries to use at a lower cost to the city and industry as well.  It is an incentive for economic growth and development.
  • Reuse helps optimize the resources already in the wastewater treatment process where a lot of money has been spent treating water to a high level of quality.
  • Reuse provides good irrigation water to large end-users at a lower cost to them and the city.  In turn, it reduces peak daily usage and lowers the number of water rationing days.

For more information regarding Water Reuse please contact:
David Freireich

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