The City’s long-term water plan has been developed with large commercial projects in mind, so we have ample supplies now and in the future to serve a project like Kalahari Resorts.
The City has exercised due diligence to ensure that water supplies are available for the community and for economic development projects like Kalahari. The City’s water reuse and water conservation programs optimize water resources. Even after Kalahari is operational, the City will still have more than 26 million gallons per day of available capacity.
The entirety of the Kalahari operation is predicted to use in the range of 180,000 to 260,000 gallons of water daily. The company has an excellent water-recycling program already implemented in its other properties. And, because of the property’s proximity to the City’s wastewater treatment plant, Kalahari has expressed an interest in purchasing reuse (non-drinkable) water for some uses. Guests in the hotel rooms will consume the most water, but Kalahari has a strong record of implementing many water and energy conservation measures. Details of the resort’s projected daily water usage in other locations include: hotel rooms (47%); restaurants (19%); water park (19%); meeting space (6%); public space (6%); and retail shops (3%). The City of Round Rock gets its water from a number of sources, including Lake Travis, Lake Georgetown, Stillhouse Hollow Lake and the Edwards Aquifer.
Per the Master Development Agreement, the City agrees that utility rates shall not exceed the lowest retail water rate and wastewater rate charged by the City for other property within the City limits. The City encourages Kalahari to utilize the City's reuse water utility for non-potable uses, and will sell that at a rate equal to 70 percent of regular reuse water rates. Updated Dec. 9, 2016
Kalahari would be placed on the same water restrictions as all other hotels and retail establishments in the community.
Even after Kalahari is operational, the City will still have more than 26 million gallons per day of available capacity. The City has master planned water use for the ultimate build-out of the City based on a water demand per acre. The future land use for this property was planned to be a commercial development, which is what Kalahari is considered. If it chooses to utilize the City's water reuse system, Kalahari will be able to reduce its overall impact on the City's potable (drinkable) water supply. Under state law, Kalahari has the right drill its own wells to supply its water needs. Updated Dec. 9, 2016