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Possible Water Restrictions For Central Texas

Updated: Wednesday, June 25 2014, 11:50 AM CDT
No more watering your lawn: it's just one of several options aimed at combating the extreme drought in Central Texas. On Wednesday morning, the people in charge of figuring out solutions are meeting for the last time.

At 10 a.m., the Austin Water Resource Task Force will get together to look at several different ways to keep the Highland Lakes alive as long as possible without drying up the lawns or wallets of Austinites.

One option: creating an interim drought stage between 2 and 3. Another is requiring low volume flush toilets to sell a house and possibly even giving away cash if you buy "super low flow" toilets. Task force members say they want to use existing resources to store water, like Decker Lake.

"We're also looking at some optimization to our supply," said Sharlene Leurig of the Austin Water Resource Planning Task Force. "Ways of operating the gates on our dams to retain more water. Things that are really low cost, make a lot of sense, and are easy wins to extend the life of the lakes."

Austinites have cut back so much already that the city is looking at raising the monthly rate to stay financially afloat.
"We're trying to understand how can we take options that are going to reduce our water use and do it in a cost effective way for rate payers," said Leurig.

As soon as the task force agrees on recommendations, Leurig says they'll pass those on to Austin City Council, who will then have the final say.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 10 a.m. at the Waller Creek Center on 10th near I-35.
Possible Water Restrictions For Central Texas

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