City an­nounces wa­ter chal­lenge

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

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.wa­ter­

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