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Early August 2010
Water conservation reminder; Always on Spotlight - Unclaimed property search; General Plan approved; Preservation Minute - Historical Downtown Buildings; Development Services Office now open; 5k for Clay and Recreation registration.
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  • Keep Water use Low in Winter & Save Year-Round

    Winter seems to have come quickly this year!  It's already the middle of November and wastewater averaging (WWA) is upon us.  What is wastewater averaging, you ask?  Well, let me tell you...

    In the winter months (November, December, January, and February) the City assumes that our water usage is lower than any other time of year, simply because it's cold out, its winter, we're not watering our yards.  These are the months when water consumption is low, so the City uses these 3 billing cycles (Nov-Dec, Dec-Jan, Jan-Feb) to determine how much we're going to be charged for waste water for the rest of the year.  See, the City has no meters on the waste water line; essentially the City makes an educated assumption that all water being used is going down the drains at our houses.  Since no water is being used outdoors (right?  Turn off those sprinkler systems!), then the theory is that all water is being used indoors, for necessary purposes-baths, showers, toilets, sinks, dish and clothes washers, etc.

    The average of those months water use is what you are charged for waste water for the remainder of the year.  So, for example, if you use 5400 gallons on your Dec bill, 4900 on January bill, and 4500 on February bill then your WWA would be 5400 + 4900 + 4500 / 3 = 4933, which would be rounded to 4900 gallons.  So, for the rest of the year, the most you'll be charged for waste water is 4900 gallons!  That's good!  No matter if your water use goes higher in the summer; the waste water use is capped at 4900 gallons.

    This is a number that is recalculated annually, so if you "mess up" and refill your pool or keep watering that yard the whole winter, you can fix it the next year by keeping the water use down.  So again, turn off those sprinklers!

    Another way to keep water use low in winter is to check for leaks, especially in your toilets.  Watch my latest video on how to check for leaks and check your toilet to see if it's efficient.  What I say in the video is that toilets using 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) or less are considered efficient.  I want to add to that a little, by saying that on January 1, 2014, it became state law that all toilets sold in Texas must use 1.28 gallons per flush OR LESS.  So that means, even if you have a 1.6 gpf toilet, you can make it even more efficient, and save more water each time you flush (and reduce those waste water charges further) by upgrading to a new 1.28 gpf toilet!  The City's water conservation program's has a rebate program for this upgrade.  Find the details at .


  • All I want is a room somewhere (else)

    It’s tempting to channel Eliza Dolittle, imagining what would be architecturally “loverly” even before blueprints for the new library get underway. Recently I speculated how our workflow would benefit if staff offices were situated close together, so that we could quickly step over and consult with someone... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-10-2014 | with no comments
  • Pre-owned and priceless

    Some museum curators travel the globe to acquire items of significance. A more budget-friendly strategy: pick up the phone and graciously accept when, out of the blue, a caller offers to donate and deliver something exceptional. Actually, that’s the only approach if your institution operates on almost... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-24-2014 | with no comments
  • Fall is Here--You Can Water Less!

    Now that we're officially into Fall and we've been enjoying the cooler temperatures; it's time to reduce the watering times on your irrigation controllers. With less evaporation occurring, the landscape doesn't need to be watered as often as during the summer months. My general rule of... MORE»
  • That ship has sailed. Hope there were books aboard...

    Did you celebrate New Year’s last week? Beginning October 1, City of Round Rock is operating in fiscal year 2014-15. Friends of the Round Rock Public Library hosted a clever “End of Fiscal Year” event on September 30 for staffers with homemade goodies, non-alcoholic fruit "champagne" in glamorous... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-08-2014 | with no comments
  • Catch the rain before it's gone!

    Once again, the huge amount of rains in the last weeks have made me think a lot about how to take more advantage of rainwater, or really, just collect more. Which leads me to a question I was asked once that was along the lines of "I feel like I should be collecting rainwater, but don't have... MORE»
  • Feeling listless?

    Which of these is the wrong answer to a reference question? A. You're kidding, right? B. Sorry, no can do. C. Ummmmm.... D. All of the above I did use "C" recently--following up, thankfully, with useful information. A customer I'd assisted weeks ago with "readalike" suggestions... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-23-2014 | with no comments
  • That's the spirit

    This happened before Youtube and smartphones; otherwise the moment would have inevitably been shared: we're among a summertime gaggle of tourists entering the Alamo--pausing inside the threshold to consider worn, hand-fashioned walls scarred by history. A visitor farther back in line surveys the... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-05-2014 | with no comments
  • Rain Barrel Sale Going on Now

    The City's Water Conservation Program is having a rain barrel sale! The barrels being sold are being supplied from a different company than the last sales. These barrels are made in Austin, so a little more local. Available for this event are three different sizes (capacity) of barrels and a rainspout... MORE»
  • Do I Have a Water Leak?

    During the hottest parts of the year the phone calls increase with concerns from people asking if they have a water leak, or maybe their neighbor is using their water to fill up their pool. There's just no way they had used that much water this past month. Or the meter reader must have read the meter... MORE»
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