Kyle seems alone in tight­en­ing wa­ter use

Austin, San Mar­cos have re­stric­tions, but aren’t ra­chet­ing down more.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Nolan Hicks nhicks@states­ Wa­ter

Af­ter two weeks of scorch­ing heat — even by Cen­tral Texas sum­mer stan­dards — of­fi­cials in Kyle announced this week they will be ratch­et­ing up their manda­tory wa­ter con­ser­va­tion pro­gram.

How­ever, the city ap­pears to be alone not only in Hays County but through­out the re­gion in tight­en­ing wa­ter use, even as data from the U.S. Drought Mon­i­tor show nearly 27 per­cent of the state is now con­sid­ered ab­nor­mally dry or in some stage of drought.

“Current de­mand trends are rem­i­nis­cent of the 2011 wa­ter us­age pat­terns,” Ja­son Biemer, a top wa­ter of­fi­cial with the town, said in a state­ment that ref­er­enced the bru­tal drought from ear­lier this decade. “I’ll rec­om­mend Stage 2 for as long as it’s the right thing to do.”

In ad­di­tion to “lim­ited rain­fall and high tem­per­a­tures,” Biemer said, Kyle’s av­er­age daily wa­ter de­mand in July was 3.6 mil­lion gal­lons per day.

”We had one day in July where de­mand peaked (at) nearly 5 mil­lion gal­lons,” he said. “Our an­nual av­er­age is 2.6 mil­lion gal­lons a day.”

The Stage 2 wa­ter re­stric­tions

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