Since the first rush of water flowed into the Kerrville Water Reuse Pond one year ago, the storage facility on Spur 100 has provided a positive contribution to the City of Kerrville’s long-term water supply and conservation efforts.
The facility can hold approximately 95 million gallons at any one time and has a fairly consistent inflow of around 2 million gallons on any given day. The City sold 154 million gallons of reclaimed water for irrigation purposes in Fiscal Year 2018, and another 14.1 million gallons during the first three months of FY 2019. Peak demand for reclaimed water typically occurs from April through September during the warmer spring and summer months. This enhanced usage of reclaimed water for irrigation purposes helps maintain the potable water supply for drinking and bathing.
Construction of the reclaimed water storage facility gave the City the available capacity to serve three additional customers that were interested in the use of reclaimed water for irrigation purposes – Riverhills Golf Course, the Kerrville Sports Complex and Schreiner University – while continuing to serve four existing customers – Comanche Trace, Scott Schreiner Golf Course, the Kerr County Animal Shelter and Tivy High School. This expansion in service contributed significantly to the City’s water conservation plan in that reclaimed water volumes eliminated the need to use approximately 260 million gallons of community drinking water per year for irrigation purposes. This equates to what almost 3,800 households utilize annually.