Not a cloud in the sky … you know what that means
Austin is looking pretty green for midJuly, a time of year when summer in the city tends to leave a brown tinge on our landscape. Lawns are looking lush without much help from the hoses and sprinklers.
Rainfall in Austin topped six inches in June, above the 3.81 inch average for the month. So far this month, despite tropical systems that brought storms through the area, we’re running a bit behind average.
There’s little rain in the 10-day forecast, though today’s outlook shows a chance of isolated thunderstorms, and there’s a 20 percent chance of more rain by midweek. Looks like dry season could be upon us, and that means Central Texans’ thoughts should turn to water conservation.
Austin officials are working to reduce water consumption. To that end, the city has set up waterwiseaustin.org as the go-to website for a “commit, calculate and conserve” campaign.
More than 13 million gallons of water would be saved each day if everyone could find ways to cut usage by 10 percent. To help you get there, the website includes a water-use calculator that offers an easy way to see how your water usage adds up and how you can cut it down.
By signing up to pledge to cut your usage by 10 percent you become eligible to win a water-efficient washer and dryer.
Also new from Austin Water is a free recycling program for toilets that have been replaced with higher-efficiency models. The utility’s water conservation programs put almost 20,000 of the newer toilets in place last year. Information about the recycling program is available from the city’s FM 812 Resource Recovery Center.
The recycling program is a nice complement to the ongoing program that provides free, high-efficiency toilets for homes built prior to Jan. 1, 1996. (The program is targeted at older, low-efficiency toilets. Free toilets are not available to replace 1.6 gallon-per-flush models.)
Also new from Austin Water are charts, included on the left column of your monthly statement, showing your water, wastewater and electric usage for the past 13 months. We encourage you to take a moment to peruse the chart and look for spikes that
More than 13 million gallons of water would be saved each day if everyone could cut usage by 10 percent.
could mean a problem such as a leak that can waste water and cost you money.
Go to waterwiseaustin.org to see other incentive programs for which you might qualify.
By way of reminder, Austin Water customers are under Stage 1 restrictions, which mean:
• No use of irrigation systems or hoseend sprinklers between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Single-family homes at odd-numbered addresses can use watering systems only on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays.
• Even-numbered addresses are restricted to Thursdays and/or Sundays.
• There are no restrictions on watering by hand.
As we all remember from last year’s drought, water is far too valuable to waste. Do your part to conserve.