Round Rock achieves water use reduction goals following smart conservation efforts
The City of Round Rock has met its goal of reducing daily water usage to less than 34 million gallons per day (MGD) over a seven day average for the first time since introducing its smart conservation initiative.
A new online dashboard was launched earlier this month to allow the community to see how their conservation efforts are contributing to regional water-saving goals and inform City leaders of whether more restrictions are required to meet those goals.
“If we can maintain this reasonable level of conservation, we can avoid having to enter Stage 2 drought restrictions as a City at this time,” said Michael Thane, Director of Utilities and Environmental Services.
The City’s request for conservation came in response to a call from the City’s raw water providers, urging residents to reduce water consumption amidst ongoing dry conditions. Based on water usage trends, more than half of the water treated in Round Rock is currently being used for outdoor watering.
Round Rock responded by combining the new dashboard’s transparency with smart enforcement efforts based on analyzing data from the City’s metering system and communicating with property owners about potential overuse.
These efforts have helped water customers in achieving 10% reduction in overall usage for the City of Round Rock. The highest daily demand on record for 2023 is approximately 38 million gallons per day (MGD), which means Round Rock’s daily water usage needs stay below 34 MGD. The dashboard also shows levels for Round Rock’s surface water sources to help customers understand the need for conservation measures until the region receives sufficient rains.
The City continues to remind residents of the two-day-per-week watering schedule and promotes the available water conservation initiatives and rebates. Given the current dry conditions, consistent water-saving practices remain crucial.
For further details and to view the conservation dashboard, please visit roundrocktexas.gov/conservation.
Stage 1 Outdoor Watering Schedule
|Address ends in||Allowed watering days|
|0||Monday / Thursday|
|1||Wednesday / Saturday|
|2||Tuesday / Friday|
|3||Monday / Thursday|
|4 or 8||Sunday / Thursday|
|5 or 9||Wednesday / Saturday|
|6 or 7||Tuesday / Friday|
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Source: City of Round Rock