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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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  • 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 diverter.  The pre-sale is open now for barrels to be purchased online at cityrainbarrelprogram.org

    Barrel Descriptions:

    • The 50-gallon Springsaver barrel has a compact design with a flat back, to nestle up close to the side of your house. It's available in 6 color choices and being sold for $64.99.  See the picture on the top right.
    • The 54-gallon Rainsaver barrel looks like a traditional barrel and is available in 3 color choices. It's being sold for $84.99.  Pictured in the middle.
    • The Classic 100-gallon barrel is lined on its interior to prevent mold and algae growth. They are available in 28 colors and being sold for $208.65.  Pictured at the bottom right. 
    • The Downspout Diverter system allows you to divert water from your gutter downspouts without have to cutoff the downspout. Two different models are available at $15.99 and $21.00.  These aren't pictured here.

    The ordered barrels and diverters will be distributed on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th at the Northeast parking lot of the Dell Diamond (this is the parking area behind the bank).   

    Barrels purchased at this event ARE eligible for the City's rainwater rebate.  There will be applications for the rebate provided on the distribution date, or you can get it online.  You must be a direct City of Round Rock water customer in order to receive the rebate.  You do not have to be a City water customer in order to purchase the barrels or downspout diverters though.

    There is no limit to how many barrels you can purchase, or what combination of barrel sizes or colors you purchase.  To order or for specific questions regarding the barrel specifications, visit the program website at cityrainbarrelprogram.org

    I'm compelled to remind you that rainwater is the best choice for watering plants with, as it's full of nutrients the plants can use better than treated, tap water; the main one being nitrogen.  Think of how green and lush everything looks after a good downpour! 

    I hope to see you at the Dell Diamond in November!

  • 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»
  • Travel essentials: cheese, diamonds, someone to watch your back

    At the Reference Desk, fear of disappointing our customers should we not possess (or can't for some reason retrieve) the information they seek is ever present. But last Friday a library patron was let down when I did know something. Appreciating the wonderfully illustrated article received via email... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-15-2014 | with no comments
  • Smart Irrigation Month, part 4

    While it's technically NOT Smart Irrigation Month any more, I wanted to make sure I got this last part of the series out to you, it's probably the most important of the bunch. I'm referring to efficient scheduling of the irrigation system, based on the amount of sunlight in your yard, the... MORE»
  • How to be a novel employee

    We're sometimes asked whether folks who apply for City of Round Rock jobs are required to live here. No--and that's a good thing. Employees who reside elsewhere can share insights from those municipalities experienced from the customer point of view. As one of the resident CORR employees who... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-01-2014 | with no comments
  • Smart Irrigation Month, pt 3

    So we're still in July and still talking about automatic irrigation systems for Smart Irrigation Month. It's seems this week summer has hit (again), maybe "for real" this time, so an efficient irrigation system is more important than ever. I'm going to continue the same topic as... MORE»
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month, Pt 2

    The first thing I saw when I turned my computer on Friday morning was emails from co-workers and City residents voicing concern about the irrigation systems they saw running this morning-after receiving 3+ inches of rain! It's crazy, I know. I don't think anyone deliberately chooses to look silly... MORE»
  • Going up?

    Right now, our new library building exists in that ideal theoretical dimension in which all things are possible and nobody's dreamed-of architectural vision clashes with anyone else's (or with functionality, for that matter). Once the project takes shape in more concrete ways, decisions will... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-18-2014 | with no comments
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month, pt. 1

    July has been deemed "Smart Irrigation Month" by the Irrigation Association since 2005, because that's typically when the hottest temperatures occur. With high and hot temperatures come higher water use, it's just a given. We still want our landscapes to look as good as they have the... MORE»
  • All I want is more

    Remember when "binge" was a word we didn't take lightly? Formerly, it applied to individuals straying into saloons or meeting with bad company and succumbing to more beverages than originally intended. Despite advice from embroidered samplers or wise elders, Moderation In All Things proved... MORE»
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Library) by Linda Sappenfield on 07-03-2014 | with no comments
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