City announces water challenge
Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced Wednesday that Austin is launching a “commit, calculate and conserve” campaign intended to persuade people to cut back their water use by at least 10 percent.
As part of the campaign, the city is launching an online water-use calculator that will allow people to plug in various activities — showering, watering the lawn, running the dishwasher — and see how much water each uses.
The city hopes to reduce per-capita water use from 167 to 140 gallons a day. (The calculation also factors in the amount of water used by businesses.)
Austin officials hope residents will commit online to reducing their water use by 10 percent, and the city is offering an incentive: Those who take the nonbinding pledge will be entered into a drawing in which the city will give away three sets of water-efficient washers and dryers. To use the calculator and take the pledge, go to www.waterwiseaustin.org.