Based on numbers from LCRA, the total non-agricultural water use + evaporation in 2012 was 529,137 (just barely lower than the 540,000 acre-feet in 2011). Evaporation was lower (due to the relatively less severe weather in 2012), municipal use was down only slightly (probably because of less lawn watering – again weather related) but non-agricultural […]
San Diego has already taken a huge step toward solving their water supply problem; construction is already underway on a seawater desalination plant that will be operational in 2016. Despite all those naysayers who refuse to educate themselves on the cost of water and who claim desalination is just too darn expensive, San Diego has […]
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As of this morning, there are 728,000 acre-feet left in Austin’s water supply (or more accurately, 691,000 acre-feet after allowing for the 37,000 acre-feet that are likely unreachable). Based on data over the most recent 14 days, that supply is now dropping at more than 75,000 acre-feet per month. That depletion rate will slow down […]
As of this morning, there is 741,000 acre-feet of water left in Lakes Travis and Buchanan (remember that up to 37,000 acre feet of that is probably unreachable and therefore unusable, so effectively we’ve got 700,000 acre feet left.) That supply is currently dropping at 50,000 acre feet per month. And still no solution is […]