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Utilities and Environmental Services takes home TAWWA awards

Jessica Woods and Michael Thane with a representative from TAWWAThe Utilities and Environmental Services Department won three awards at the Texas American Water Works Association Conference in April.

Blue Legacy Award
The Department won the Assocation’s Blue Legacy Award, which recognizes the importance of conservation, for its rain barrel sale program, promotions and rainwater harvesting rebate. More than 600 rain barrels were sold and rebates were provided on 34 rainwater systems since 2012. The rain barrels sold have the potential to capture 79,000 gallons of water during each rainfall event and reduce the amount of potable water being used on landscapes.

Water Conservation and Reuse Award
The City also received a Water Conservation and Reuse Award, which recognizes excellence in water conservation and reuse practices. The City was honored for its Water Reuse Program that provides reuse irrigation water for Forest Creek Golf Course, Old Settlers Park, and portions of Dell Diamond. The program is being expanded to include the Higher Education Center and other facilities in the northeast corridor.

Watermark Award for Communication Excellence
The Utility Department also won a Watermark Award for Communication Excellence for its Water Wise Video series. These short, educational videos provide instructions and demonstrations about irrigations systems and efficiency practices. The videos run on Channel 10/Uverse 99 and are featured on the City’s website and YouTube channel. Jessica Woods, water conservation coordinator, hosts the videos and Brian Ligon, multimedia specialist, produces them.