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Information About Cedar Park Water IQ by Justin Wilson
April 18, 2010, 2:30 pm
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Information from Cedar Park, TX

Where does our water come from?
For Cedar Park residents, the Colorado River (specifically, Lake Travis) is the area’s major source for drinking water and irrigation systems.
We have plenty of water, why do we need to save it?
Yes, the City of Cedar Park has an ample supply of water. However, water does not come in endless quantities. As water users, it is our responsibility to use water wisely to ensure that we will have plenty of water for the future. Cedar Park is committed to providing the resources to help everyone as we all strive to become more water-wise. As a first step, the City of Cedar Park has developed comprehensive Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans. These two plans enable the City to act if necessary during drought or emergency conditions. Currently the City is under a voluntary twice a week watering schedule which allows outdoor watering, except between the hours of 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. The watering schedule will become mandatory, if the daily water consumption reaches 90% of the City’s capacity for three consecutive days. The City of Cedar Park wants to inform and educate its customers about water conservation and provide them with the means and hardware to have water-wise homes and landscapes.
Why is it a bad idea to water during the heat of the day?
Watering during the heat of the day can actually cause plants to burn and is also highly inefficient as up to 90% of the water can be lost through evaporation.
Why should you care?
As members of the community, we all have a responsibility to use water wisely. Exceeding the City’s water capacity will trigger mandatory watering restrictions and could raise prices down the road.
What are we doing about it?
As a first step, the City has developed comprehensive Water Conservation and Drought Contingency Plans. These two plans enable the City to act if necessary during drought or emergency conditions. We’re also working to provide the knowledge and hardware for residents to make the best possible use of water inside and outside their homes.
Where can I find local information on water conservation?
In addition to this site, visit the Cedar Park Water Conservation Center. Located in the lobby of City Hall (600 N. Bell Blvd.), it’s your source for information on lawn watering, saving water indoors, detecting leaks and anything else having to do with conserving our water supply. Residents can also purchase low-flow showerheads, leak detectors and aerators at City Hall in the Utility Billing department. Call (512) 401-5000 for more information.

Information On How To Raise Your Water IQ
Myths & Facts
Water-Saving Tips
Here are some easy things you can do at home and work to make our water last:
Use 5, 10 or even 15 percent less water. Read your latest utility bill and note how many gallons you consumed. Simply multiply the number of gallons by .05, .10 or .15—that’s your water-saving goal. For example, 8,000 gallons X .10 = 800 gallons. If your goal is to save 10 percent, that’s all you need to save for that month. You can easily save that much by fixing a leak or implementing some of these simple tips.
Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to promote a strong root system. An inch a week is all you need.
Operate your in-ground sprinkler system manually—don’t use the timer. Check sprinkler systems frequently for directional aim and broken heads to prevent watering driveways, sidewalks and streets.
If you own a pool, pay close attention to the water level. If it varies drastically from day to day, you probably have a leak and need it serviced immediately. Swimming pools may not be drained and refilled this summer except to replace normal water loss.
Use plenty of mulch in your beds—especially during a drought. Consult an expert at your local nursery or home improvement store on the optimal amount and type of mulch needed in your area.
Choose “water-wise” plants like lantana, salvia and Mexican sage. Ask your local nursery or landscape professional for advice.
Raise your lawnmower blade and cut grass to a height of 3 inches—this shades the soil, which reduces evaporation and allows roots to grow deeper.
Check for leaks in taps, pipes and hoses. It’s an easy way to save water. One slow drip can waste 20 gallons of water daily (7,000 gallons per year).
Use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers to water trees, shrubs and beds more efficiently.
It may not seem like much, but every time you practice one of these easy tips, you’re not only using water more efficiently and wisely, you’re helping make water supplies last for Cedar Park.
Myths & Facts
With many parts of Texas facing the worst drought in 50 years, saving water now is more important than ever. By knowing your Facts from your Myths you’ll not only raise your Water IQ, you’ll make our water last.
Myth: If it rains, the drought will be over.
Fact: While the recent rainfalls help, they won’t end the drought. The ground is so dry it acts like a sponge, absorbing rain and preventing crucial runoff into streams and lakes. It’s going to take steady rainfall over a sustained period of time to catch up. Heavy rains over a short period of time won’t solve the problem.
Myth: To really make a difference, everyone must drastically reduce their water use.
Fact: Using just 5, 10 or 15 percent less water will make a big difference. If everyone does their part, we can extend Texas’ water supplies and survive the drought. You don’t have to be a math wizard to figure out how to cut back by 5, 10 or 15 percent. Just read your latest utility bill and note how many gallons you consumed. Then multiply the number of gallons by .05. For example, if you used 8,000 gallons, multiply 8,000 by .05, .10 or .15. The result of this equation is your goal savings for the month. Don’t worry, you can easily reach this goal and still have plenty leftover to brush your teeth and wash behind your ears.
Myth: It’s more effective to save water inside your home rather than to cut back on outdoor watering.
Fact: You can make the biggest difference saving water by reducing your use outdoors. Little things make a big difference. Check for leaks in taps, pipes and hoses. One slow drip can waste 20 gallons of water daily (7,000 gallons per year). Operate sprinklers manually—don’t rely on timers. If you must use a timer, learn to operate it correctly. Check sprinkler systems frequently for directional aim and broken heads to prevent watering driveways, sidewalks and streets. Have a professional inspect your system annually for leaks. Pay close attention to your pool’s water level. If the level varies drastically from day to day, you probably have a leak and need it serviced immediately.
Myth: Watering daily is the only way to maintain a healthy, green lawn, especially during the summer.
Fact: Experts recommend watering your lawn deeply and infrequently to promote a strong root system. A total of one inch a week is enough for our area. Over-watering is just as bad for landscapes and can cause wasteful (and harmful) run-off.
Myth: The best sprinklers shoot high, fine sprays, which mist your landscape without wasting water.
Fact: Just the opposite. The best sprinklers throw large drops of water low to the ground rather than misty sprays that allow water to evaporate quickly. Try a pressure-regulated spray head, which keeps the pressure constant. Use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers to water trees, shrubs and beds more efficiently. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, you’ll really impress your neighbors by replacing your timer with an evapotranspiration (ET) controller. These smart controllers monitor information about soil moisture, rain, wind and evaporation so your system only waters when it’s truly needed. Traditional timers require manual adjustments every time the weather changes. ET controllers use real-time data from local weather stations to make adjustments automatically and can reduce water use by about 30 percent.
Myth: Keep your lawn short. Shorter grass uses less water, so you don’t need to water as much.
Fact: Let your grass grow. Raise your lawnmower blade to a height of at least 3 inches. A taller lawn will help shade your soil so it requires less water. When you let your grass grow taller, its roots grow deeper, and you’ll have a healthier lawn.
Myth: The best way to fill your pool is to drop a hose directly into the water.
Fact: You should never submerge a watering hose into the pool to refill it. You won’t hear the hose running underwater and could forget that you left it on. Not only is it wasteful, but you might flood your yard—or the neighborhood. Plus, unless you have an anti-siphon device installed, your chemically treated water could back flow into the City’s water supply. Position the hose above the water surface so you hear the hose water running. That way you’ll remember the water is on.
Lower Your Water Use. Raise Your Water IQ.

City of Cedar Park Water Conservation Site
Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority
Lower Colorado River Authority
Texas Water Development Board
All about drought—what it is, how it is measured and how to lessen its effects. This page also features a thorough collection of state and national drought-related links.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
This page features information about drinking water and water availability throughout Texas.
Alliance for Water Efficiency
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. Located in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water-efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.
Environmental Protection Agency
Part of the EPA’s mission is to protect our nation’s waters. This page contains a multitude of links to information about all things water-related, from drinking water and wastewater to water pollution.
The EPA’s WaterSense is a partnership program working to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient practices, products and programs.
American Water Works Association
Founded in 1881 and currently serving over 57,000 members, the AWWA is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of water quality and supply. This page offers a broad spectrum of consumer information concerning water quality, safety and standards.
AWWA — Texas chapter
The Texas chapter of the AWWA is the second-largest section of the organization, with over 3,500 volunteers working to advance the technology, science and policies as water professionals and stewards of the water resources and public water supplies of Texas.
American Water Resources Association
Founded in 1964, the AWRA is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to the advancement of multidisciplinary water resources education, management and research. This page offers water-related Web sites recommended by AWRA members.
National Water Resources Association
The NWRA is a nonprofit federation of state organizations concerned with the appropriate management, conservation and use of water and land resources nationally. NWRA works to balance the needs of people and the environment.
Water Environment Federation
Founded in 1928, the WEF is a nonprofit technical and educational organization working to preserve and enhance the global water environment.
National Association of Clean Water Agencies
NACWA represents the interests of the nation’s wastewater treatment agencies, which serve most of the sewered U.S. population and collectively treat and reclaim over 18 billion gallons of wastewater daily. NACWA plays a key role in the development of environmental legislation, and works closely with federal regulatory agencies in the implementation of environmental programs.
Texas Water Conservation Association
The TWCA is the leading organization statewide dedicated to conserving, developing, protecting and using Texas’ water resources for all beneficial purposes.
Texas Water Resources Institute
The TWRI provides leadership to stimulate priority research and educational programs in water resources within the Texas A&M University System and throughout the state.
Texas WaterWise Council
The Texas WaterWise Council is composed of representatives of landscaping-related industries and water management agencies, and works to promote sound water conservation practices in Texas through a public-private partnership that fosters awareness of the value of sound water management.
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
TNLA members are growers, landscape contractors, retail nurseries and suppliers for Green Industry businesses, working to advance the interests of the nursery/landscape industry in Texas.
Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Inc.
The IPSSA works for continuing improvement of the pool and spa industry.
Consumer-targeted Web site where kids and grownups alike can learn ways to conserve water and energy, via helpful saving tips, links to local resources and well-designed products.
Texas Water Foundation
The TWF is a nonprofit organization working to heighten awareness among all Texans regarding the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Information Network
Plant water-wise plants native to Central Texas. For ideas, check the lists of recommended native plants from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Information Network.

Cedar Park, Austin and LCRA partner to save water, lessen confusion
Edouard has little effect on Central Texas drought; Regional conservation efforts build

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2008 10:00 AM

For the first time, three major water suppliers are banding together to help consumers save more water. The City of Cedar Park, the City of Austin, and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) announced their water conservation partnership today.

Cedar Park will now join forces with Austin and LCRA to promote water conservation through Water IQ — Texas’ official water awareness public education campaign. As a result, more than 821,000 Central Texas water users will receive the same message about when and how to use water more efficiently.

“When it comes to saving water, we’re all in this together,” said Cedar Park Mayor Bob Lemon. “We wanted to make it easier on citizens and businesses. That’s why we introduced similar watering guidelines between our neighboring communities. With the tremendous growth happening in Central Texas, Water IQ will help inspire smarter use of our water supply, which we all share.”

Tropical Storm Edouard did little to lessen drought conditions. The U.S. drought monitor shows most of Central Texas is still experiencing an “extreme” drought. Some areas are in a “severe” drought, with part of Travis County in an “exceptional” drought — the driest, or most severe, status possible.

Regional Watering Schedule


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The partnership has put customers of the three entities on the same watering schedule — eliminating past confusion. The schedule is mandatory for Austin and LCRA customers of the West Travis County Regional Water System and recommended for Cedar Park residents. It is determined by street address: Odd-numbered addresses may water as needed Wednesday and/or Saturday. Even-numbered addresses may water as needed Thursday and/or Sunday. Automatic irrigation systems and hose-end manual sprinklers can only be used before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Businesses must also water during the same hours on Tuesdays and/or Fridays.
“One million Central Texans rely on the same water source — the Colorado River — and we all must do our part to extend our water supply,” said LCRA General Manager Tom Mason. “While we have enough water today even during the drought, the population of this region is expected to double in the next 50 years. With a more standardized watering schedule and tips offered by Water IQ, every business and homeowner can save water, without sacrificing their lawns.”

The Colorado River basin includes three of the 100 fastest-growing counties in the U.S. (Hays, Travis, Williamson) and the population in the Central Texas region is expected to double to more than 2.7 million by 2060.

A giant calendar at today’s announcement showed off the easy-to-understand watering schedule. Additionally, Mayor Lemon, Austin City Council Member Lee Leffingwell and LCRA General Manager Tom Mason signed a giant pledge card, showing their commitment to a regional water conservation partnership. City leaders hope other areas of Central Texas will join the effort to further eliminate confusion caused by varying water schedules.

“We waste the most water on our lawns, so people can make the biggest difference by reducing their outdoor water use,” said Council Member Lee Leffingwell. “We’re asking people to consider plant selection, leaky faucets, soil preparation and make smart use of their irrigation system — all of the things that reduce how much water they use.” Using less water also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions because water treatment requires so much electricity.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) estimates in hot climates, households use 59 to 67 percent of water outdoors. AWWA also estimates homes with in-ground automatic sprinkler systems use 35 percent more than homes without.

About Water IQ
Water IQ is a public awareness campaign offering simple tips to help consumers save water. Today’s news conference took place at the home of Scot and Callie Nelsen, Cedar Park residents who are following their city’s recommended watering schedule. “Two days a week has been plenty to keep our grass green over the summer. We de-thatched the old soil and made sure there was enough topsoil. Even our new apple tree is surviving the drought,” said Callie Nelsen. Using the Nelsen’s lawn, conservation experts demonstrated tips such as how to properly operate an in-ground sprinkler system and installed native, drought-tolerant plants that can survive Texas summers. To further raise the Nelsen’s Water IQ and cut their water consumption, experts also installed soaker hoses and extra mulch in landscape beds.

The City of Cedar Park is the newest water supplier to utilize Water IQ; LCRA and the City of Austin jointly adopted it in 2006. Other entities that use Water IQ to educate their citizens include the North Texas Municipal Water District, the City of Lubbock, the City of San Angelo, the City of Tyler, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, the Panhandle Underground Water Conservation District and the Lone Star Underground Water Conservation District.

About the City of Cedar Park
Founded in 1973, Cedar Park has grown into a thriving community. It was named One of the Top 10 Places to Raise a Family by Family Circle magazine and the 11th fastest growing suburb in the nation. Cedar Park is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all its residents and strives to be a community where you can live, work and play.
About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority provides public services that help protect people, property and the environment in Texas. LCRA serves customers and communities in the region by managing the lower Colorado River, generating and selling electric power, ensuring a clean, reliable water supply, operating parks and supporting local economic development initiatives. An affiliate also provides transmission services to help maintain electric reliability in Texas. LCRA, a nonprofit agency created by the Texas Legislature, cannot levy taxes or receive tax money.
About the City of Austin
The City of Austin is one of the 20 largest in the country. Austin City government owns and operates both Austin Energy and Austin Water Utility, and provides a broad range of economic development, water conservation and quality protection, and recreational services to the local community. Austin Water Utility delivers treated water to more than 192,500 customers.


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It would be very nice for homeowners and apartment building owners to receive some kind of incentive or rebate to purchase water conserving toilets or shower heads. Cedar Park is in such contrast with the City of Austin in this regard. It’s maddening.

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