"We will reduce our overall water consumption and develop mechanisms to reuse water in the community. We will implement our strategies through aggressive public education programs, changes to our development ordinances, and instituting a conservation rate structure."
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NEW REBATE PROGRAMS
IRRIGATION SYSTEMS IN CITY PARKS & FACILITIES
Irrigation systems are used on athletic turf, around key buildings and in small focal areas. Drip irrigation is used for trees. The majority of the parks areas are not irrigated and the predominant turf is common Bermuda grass which tends to do very well in this climate without irrigation systems.
The Water Services Department is working on plans to implement a water reuse system to irrigate athletic fields in City parks using recycled water from the Carter’s Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (CCWWTP). Water reuse will reduce demands on potable water resources and provide a drought-resistant water supply for nonpotable water uses, such as irrigation of athletic fields. When the water reuse system is fully built out to serve Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, Central Park and the City Center area, the reuse system can save over one million gallons of potable water per day.
"LEARNING TO BE WATERWISE" CURRICULUM
The Water Services Department sponsors this award-winning program in the fifth grade at Cypress Grove and Oakwood Intermediate Schools. For the 2006-2007 school year 694 fifth grade students and their families participated in the program. 62% rated the Water Wise Program as good or great and 73% reported changing their water use.
By installing the water efficient fixtures in their homes and changing their water use habits, the students and their families will save a combined 6,772,876 gallons of water and wastewater, 18,562 therms of gas, and 398,629 kWh this year alone.
BRAZOS CLEAN WATER
Brazos Clean Water is a program created by the Brazos Basin Stormwater Education Committee made up of representatives from Brazos County, City of Bryan, City of College Station, Texas A&M University, and Texas Department of Transportation. The purpose of this committee is to facilitate collaboration among local MS4s and maximize effectiveness of local stormwater education efforts in the Brazos region.
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snow flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground. This runoff can carry pollutants into storm sewers and lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, contaminating water we use for swimming, fishing, and drinking water. Remember: "Only Rain Down the Drain!"