Wednesday, January 18, 2012

City of Austin develping new Stage 3 water restrictions

Thursday, city officials will hold a public meeting to discuss development of new Stage 3 water restrictions for Austin. Austin has never implemented Stage 3, but the current severe drought is forcing officials to plan for the worst case scenario.

Williamson County had to implement their Stage 3 restrictions last fall, and their restrictions consisted of:

No water for lawns, even without a hose
No water for cars, even at the car wash
No water for pools, public or private

I can't even imagine the devastation of such an action. Austin is in desperate need of a comprehensive water policy that is more than a band aid approach.

If you're interested in participating, the city workshop on potential revisions to water restrictions is tomorrow, Thursday, January 19, at 6:30 pm at the Water Utility’s headquarters on East 10th street.

I know I'll be there.


Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Stage 3 sounds like it will be devastating for gardens. I don't mind a dirty car if my plants can have a drink. Hope this weather pattern shifts and you all in Central Texas get some water.

Patricia Tryon said...

Oh, boy. This is a problem we periodically encounter here on the Front Range (immediately west of the Rockies). And it's one we're already wondering about this year because we've gotten so little snow. It's worrying to look up at the mountains and see blue instead of white. I'll be thinking of you with all this.

Linda/patchwork said...

It's all a bit scary.

We haven't been allowed to water grass since about mid-summer last year. No car washing at home...but, the car wash was allowed to be open.
Water restrictions for landscape plantings.
They call this a 'modified stage 3'.
Our rain barrels helped out a lot.

We're all going to have to get creative in our gardening.

Let's hope the powers that be come up with some creative thinking, too.

Anonymous said...

I really wanted to attend the City's workshop, but it was at 6:30pm on Thursday and that doesn't work for me. How did it go and what was determined? Will they hold another workshop? Laura

kriscard said...

oy - makes me appreciate today's gloominess much more. did you get to go to the workshop? & what came of it?

Diana said...

Janet - a wee bit of rain today with real rain promised tomorrow. Maybe I ought to wash my car.

Patricia -- I hope you get some more snow before it's all over and I hope we get more rain. But I am glad they are planning and researching - I know they are trying to do something that makes sense.

Linda - I did learn at the meeting that carwashes clean and recirculate their water and using a car wash uses less water than doing it at home. But we can't stop watering plants and trees. I'm looking at the rainwater collection system...

Kris and Laura - There will be more little meetings and then a proposal that will get presented to the city and then hearings and public meetings and then a policy vote. Pretty much a normal process for public input, but they want to have this done by May in anticipation of LCRA water management triggers that will likely be reached if we continue to be dry.

Hanceyturf said...

If the New Lawn grasses can cope up with the stress, it will be healthy and dense and will be able to resist disease. Sometime the disease may spread and it becomes out of any control. However, the disease resistant cultivars can be implemented to avoid future problems.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

It is frightening. Here, last year, was also. I feel for us all, but especially poor Austin. No real rain for such a long time. Also western TX. We do need a long-term fix.~~Dee

Carolyn said...

We love eating the broccoli flower's they are so sweet.