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City Could Spend $200,000 To Find Drought Solutions

Updated: Thursday, August 22 2013, 06:30 AM CDT
This morning, we are headed toward the lowest lake levels in Central Texas history. If the drought continues, the head of Austin Water says we could hit a record low by October.

With lake levels now at 688,191 acre feet and dropping, with lake levels on track to hit 600,000 acre feet by October, the trigger for Stage 3, Austin Water is going on the offensive.

Besides ramping up enforcement of water wasters and working with Austin Energy to lower usage at plants, later today, they're looking at shelling out up to $200,000 to Austin-based consulting firm Alan Plummer Associates to look into other sources of water supplies and ways to ramp up conservation.

The decision is in the hands of Austin City Council on Thursday, who will meet at 10 a.m. If the plan gets the OK, Council could hear specific ideas on tackling the issue in early October.

Austin Water says because of conservation efforts, the city's use this year and last year is below the LCRA's 20% reduction level. During the last month, Austin averages about 160 million gallons per day.
City Could Spend $200,000 To Find Drought Solutions


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