Homestead Oaks and Water Conservation Strategies

 

After a month without a drop, the rain has come to Central Texas, which of course turns our thoughts to stormwater management and conservation. One of our projects currently under construction, Homestead Oaks, is a great example of how to utilize water harvesting strategies to help us cope with this feast or famine. The multi-family Foundation Communities affordable housing project on Slaughter Lane includes 134 residential units, a
learning center, large nature-based playgrounds, a ball field, dog park, and
numerous walking and running trails.

The site, formerly a homestead and dog training
facility, is largely undisturbed and heavily wooded with Live Oaks, Red Oaks,
Texas Persimmons and Yaupon Hollies.  It
sits inside the Barton Springs SOS district, has a small dry creek on the
Property, and is home to more than 100 City of Austin Protected and Heritage
size trees.  Working with HU+O Architects
and Axiom Civil Engineers, the design touches the land as lightly as possible,
respecting both the SOS regulations and COA water quality requirements.

 

Wooded dry creek running along the west side of the property
While rain
gardens and other infiltration stormwater management devices were not allowed
on the environmentally sensitive site, a variety of low impact development
strategies are used, including vegetated filter strips, rainwater harvesting, non-potable
“purple pipe” irrigation, permeable concrete paving, and of course, native
plantings.
A permeable concrete pathway winds its way through existing Heritage and Protected trees
Permeable concrete pathway
Four of the 18 2,500-gallon rainwater cisterns on site, capable of collecting 45,000 gallons of runoff
Non-potable “purple pipe” irrigation that utilizes the rainwater collected on site

 

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