City of Round Rock: Collect rain water, get paid

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by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRISTIAN GARCIA

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 6:41 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- For Round Rock resident Sean Barber, the two rain water collection tanks in his backyard are turning out to be his friend.

Tired of seeing rain water wasted, Barber joined the city's harvesting rebate program. 

"Since I've been here about three years, I have so much water coming down, it would start to erode some of my ground, and I would have to fill it in with dirt, and it became a hassle,” he explained.

Under the city's program, which began June 1, people who install rain collection tanks like Barber's will be paid 50 cents per gallon of water collected with a maximum rebate of $250 a year per customer.

"It's very exciting. I'm very happy about it, just because it's not just water conservation. It's just, you know, you can protect your house from erosion happening," said Jessica Woods, who is the water conservation program coordinator for the City of Round Rock.

Funding for the rebate program comes from the City's water conservation and reuse fund, which in turn is funded by the customers' water bills. You just fill out an application, and if it's approved, you'll get a rebate check in the mail.

Barber says it was easy to install both of his 250-gallon tanks. “I was able to collect rain on Friday night actually, on the one barrel, and I was able to water my whole lawn just with what I collected on the one 250-gallon barrel -- my lawn and the tree," he explained.

More homeowners are learning about the program and wanting to join. That way, they'll help their lawns and their wallets.

For more information on the City of Round Rock's Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program, click here.

 

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