During the most recent Neighborhoods USA national conference in Houston in May, the City of Round Rock was well represented.
The City’s Tool Lending Center and Neighborhood Cleanup Program won Second Place in the Best Neighborhood Program Award Category. In the Tool Lending Center’s inaugural year it was deployed 20 times with over 800 volunteers contributing 3,300 hours of service to projects within Round Rock. Of the 20 deployments, six were neighborhood cleanups that included 3,173 homes. These cleanups resulted in 209 tons of garbage removed from neighborhoods and volunteers worked on 72 homes of residents who had a genuine need because of age, disability or other special circumstances.
The Forest Creek neighborhood placed second in the Neighborhood of the Year category for their reclaimed water project. The Forest Creek HOA converted 90 percent of its community landscape irrigation from potable water to city-produced reclaimed/recycled water. The HOA had been consuming 16.6 million gallons a year of potable water for the community landscaping.
The completion of the project resulted in a reduction in demand for potable water by 15 million gallons per year. The City reduced its demand for potable water and the HOA estimates it will save approximately $25,000 a year on water.