City, Round Rock Express hit home run for water conservation
Dell Diamond now using partially treated wastewater to irrigate field
The City of Round Rock celebrated the first private customer of its reuse water system at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Dell Diamond.
The Round Rock Express is the first non-City user to take advantage of the City of Round Rock reuse water utility, which uses partially treated wastewater for irrigation purposes and other non-drinking uses. The reuse system has been an integral part of Round Rock’s overall water conservation program since 1998.
Why are reuse systems important?
- Saves the drinking water supply
- Less expensive for end user
- No watering restrictions
City and federal officials and representatives from the Round Rock Express will be on hand to discuss the most recent $5.8 million reuse system expansion. Federal funds sought by U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have helped pay for the system.
This phase of the City’s reuse system includes additional treatment, pumping, chlorination and storage facilities at the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment plant, and 9,000 linear feet of transmission and irrigation lines for watering fields in Old Settlers Park and the Dell Diamond.
Future phases include additional storage and pumping facilities along with 22,900 linear feet of 8- and 16-inch transmission mains to the higher education campuses, parks and schools in the northeast part of the City. The final planned phase includes 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch transmission pipes to tie into an existing reuse water line to Stony Point High School.
In 1998, the first reuse water project was put into use after completing a pipeline from the regional wastewater facility to City-owned Forest Creek Golf Club.
Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012