April 22 marks Earth Day each year. This year you can help make your home a little more earth-conscious by attending a free water conservation seminar at Home Depot here in Round Rock.
Here's an announcement about the event: On Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m, The Home Depot will host free Water Conservation Workshops at all of its 1,977 U.S. stores. This is a nationwide effort to educate and empower residents across the country to improve water efficiency inside and outside the home. The announcement of the workshops is one of several measures the company is taking to assist homeowners where many face water restrictions due to current dry conditions.
Workshops will cover water-saving home improvement projects which help conserve the most water, including replacing fixtures with more efficient U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads, and faucets. Workshops will also include outdoor water-saving options, such as installing drip irrigation, rotary nozzle or dual-spray sprinklers, and WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers. In 2013, customers of The Home Depot saved 42.5 billion gallons of water through the purchase of WaterSense labeled products.
Local community organizations are invited to call their local stores to get involved. Residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about water-efficient solutions they can implement at home. Details and registration information can be found http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/home
The temperatures have started creeping up into the 80s consistently now...and the beautiful bluebonnets are everywhere! It's starting to feel like summer and the City's water use is going up to further confirm that warming feeling. Folks have started watering their yards, planting grass and gardens and other outdoor landscaping activities, this is the main reason water use is on the rise.
I want to remind you that the City is still under Stage 1 of the Drought Contingency Plan. The restrictions were made effective back on October 14, 2013 and haven't been rescinded yet. What this means is that IF you are going to use water outside of your property, mainly watering your yard, this can't happen more than twice per week. And not during the hours between 10am and 7pm.
Realistically, once per week watering is more than enough currently. The temperatures haven't been hot enough to evaporate all the moisture to need to water more than once. We did have a very dry winter--even with "all" the ice, it's been one of the driest winters in at least 5 years (that's how long I've been keeping track of the rainfall). So, some irrigation may be needed in sunny areas of the yard. Gardens will need water more frequently to establish them.
Because of the lack of rainfall this winter, the lakes haven't risen either. This means that the water restrictions will continue for the time being. If you'd like to hear more about what the current water situation is, come to the City's public library on April 10th at 6:30pm where I'll be giving a presentation regarding the current water situation and predictions for this summer!
Read the water restriction information with all the details on the City's water page.