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Water supply continues to dwindle

Over the weekend, Austin’s water supply dropped another 5,000 acre-feet.  All of the supply provided by July rainfall has been used up or has evaporated, and our effective remaining supply is 680,000 acre-feet.  Evaporation rates are above average, inflows are at historic lows, and rain predictions are noncommittal (with good reason).  Without significant rainfall above […]

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Update on water supply – scary numbers you won’t see anywhere else

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 […]

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Solve our water supply problem? Yes We Can – San Diego has already done it – why not Austin?

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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Update: water supply dropping even faster

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 […]

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Water Supply Getting Dangerously Low

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 […]

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