City wins water conservation awards

Utilities and Environmental Services Department honored by American Water Works Association

The City of Round Rock Utilities and Environmental Services Department won three awards at the Texas American Water Works Association Conference in April.

  • Blue Legacy Award: The Department won the Association’s Blue Legacy Award, which recognizes the importance of conservation, for its rain barrel sale program, promotions and rainwater harvesting rebate. More than 600 rain barrels were sold and rebates were provided on 34 rainwater systems since 2012. The rain barrels sold have the potential to capture 79,000 gallons of water during each rainfall event and reduce the amount of potable water being used on landscapes.
  • Water Conservation and Reuse Award: The City also received a Water Conservation and Reuse Award, which recognizes excellence in water conservation and reuse practices. The City was honored for its Water Reuse Program that provides reuse irrigation water for Forest Creek Golf Course, Old Settlers Park and portions of Dell Diamond. The program is being expanded to include the higher education campuses and other facilities in the northeast corridor.
  • Watermark Award for Communication Excellence: The Department also won a Watermark Award for Communication Excellence for its Water Wise Video series. These short, educational videos provide instructions and demonstrations about irrigations systems and efficiency practices. The videos run on the City’s government access channel and are featured on the City website and YouTube channel. Jessica Woods, water conservation coordinator, hosts the videos and Brian Ligon, multimedia specialist, produces them.
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