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Climate change is threatening Texas’ water supply. Scientists have predicted that as time goes on, Austin will likely see longer and deeper periods of drought.
So what is Austin doing about it? Well, back in 2018, City Council approved Water Forward, a plan to guide Austin’s water future for the next 100 years. Included in that plan were lots of recommendations to increase our water supply, lower our water use, and expand water reuse programs.
Right now, Austin Water is working on several of those recommendations, including two big ones that you have the opportunity to get involved with this month:
Aquifer Storage & Recovery (which could increase our water supply)
An Irrigation and Landscape Ordinance for new single-family residential developments (which could decrease our water use)
In this post, we’re going to focus on Aquifer Storage & Recovery, but stay tuned, because next week we’ll be releasing an explainer all about the irrigation & landscape ordinance.