Resource Efficiency Division
The City of Cedar Park is proactive in addressing the environmental needs of our community. The City is striving to stay up to date with many programs, such as Cedar Park Conserves, that offer our citizens assistance in being environmentally friendly and using our precious natural resources wisely. Please click on different resource areas on the menu on the left of your screen to learn more about how the City of Cedar Park can help us build as an environmentally conscientious society.
Water Conservation update
Even though the recent rainfall has helped increase water levels in the lakes, our lake levels are still at risk until the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approves the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA’s) revised Water Management Plan. Rest assured that we are monitoring progress of this plan closely, but the City of Cedar Park will not be making any changes to the watering schedule for at least 30 days. The revised plan is pending approval by the TCEQ with a final draft due in July and final approval expected in September or October.
It is important to understand that Lakes Travis and Buchanan are our drinking water sources, but the LCRA also releases water to rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin, downstream from Austin. The Water Management plan is a technical document or rule book used by LCRA to control these releases of water to farmers. The LCRA is required to use the Water Management Plan and changes must be approved by the TCEQ.
If the revised plan is not approved and we go back to the old plan, the Lakes could be back to historic low levels by next year. The current (old) plan is what triggered the massive releases of water in 2011 which caused Lake Travis to drop to its third lowest level in history. The revised plan would prevent the massive releases of water we saw in 2011.
You all have done a great job “Standing up to Drought,” reducing your usage by about 20 percent during this historic drought. As we work through this process, we are asking you to continue conserving our precious drinking water resource.
Free W.I.S.E. Guys Residential Irrigation System Evaluations for the first 150 to sign up!
The W.I.S.E. Guys residential program is a conservation service that is being offered to Cedar Park citizens. The W.I.S.E. Guys residential program evaluates existing residential irrigation systems and makes recommendations for improvement to the performance of the system and to the scheduling of the controller to eliminate unnecessary waste.
The program allows face-to-face education with the homeowner on efficient irrigation and proper controller scheduling. With this one-on-one education program, we are able to begin changing the irrigation habits of homeowners.
The W.I.S.E. Guys contractor will evaluate the irrigation system and make recommendations to the consumer for improvement to the performance and scheduling of the system to eliminate unnecessary waste and save money on their water bills.
The W.I.S.E. Guys contractor will not make any repairs to the system. The service is an evaluation only. The W.I.S.E. Guys contractor will make the recommended adjustments to the system controller only if the customer allows such adjustments. In many instances the adjustment to the system controller is the first step to water conservation and lower water bills.
The homeowner is under no obligation to hire the W.I.S.E. Guys contractor to repair the problems found within their system. This is a courtesy only, and you must reside within the City of Cedar Park city limits in order to participate. You are under no obligation to make any suggested changes.
Click here to read more about the W.I.S.E. Guys residential program.
Click here to sign up!