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Are there any concerns over water usage during the summer months in Austin?

Asked by Trulia Austin, Austin, TX Fri May 24, 2013

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The cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Leander and Spicewood all have watering restrictions. How severe they are depends on the level of drought. We have been in extreme drought conditions for five years and the Farmers Almenac shows that we probably have another 5-10 years coming. I would suggest creating a landscape thats drought tollerant and does not need a lot of water.Installing a rainwater collection system is another way to beat it. Consider the fact that Lake Teavis has been at 40 percent full the last several years. This is due to the drought and seriously increased usage. The communities by the lake are pulling water and the Highland Lakes have a finite amount of water. A well is no guaranty of water because you may have to dig deeper as the water level goes down.
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The cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Leander and Spicewood all have watering restrictions. How severe they are depends on the level of drought. We have been in extreme drought conditions for five years and the Farmers Almenac shows that we probably have another 5-10 years coming. I would suggest creating a landscape thats drought tollerant and does not need a lot of water.Installing a rainwater collection system is another way to beat it. Consider the fact that Lake Teavis has been at 40 percent full the last several years. This is due to the drought and seriously increased usage. The communities by the lake are pulling water and the Highland Lakes have a finite amount of water. A well is no guaranty of water because you may have to dig deeper as the water level goes down.
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The cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Leander and Spicewood all have watering restrictions. How severe they are depends on the level of drought. We have been in extreme drought conditions for five years and the Farmers Almenac shows that we probably have another 5-10 years coming. I would suggest creating a landscape thats drought tollerant and does not need a lot of water.Installing a rainwater collection system is another way to beat it. Consider the fact that Lake Teavis has been at 40 percent full the last several years. This is due to the drought and seriously increased usage. The communities by the lake are pulling water and the Highland Lakes have a finite amount of water. A well is no guaranty of water because you may have to dig deeper as the water level goes down.
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The city of Austin institutes a lawn watering restriction when there is an extended drought like we've had for a couple of years. It has stages and the most recent implementation was restricting watering by type of unit (eg. hand held, in ground sprinkler system or unattended sprinkler) to one weekday based upon your address (odd or even). Prior to that it was two days a week. In general the city promotes the conservation of water by asking people to observe these types of restrictions even when the drought has ended, but they don't apply it with the force of regulation during times when water is plentiful.

Ron Cullinan
Avalar Austin
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512-799-3239
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Hello,

Great question! The answer is yes there are. Or at least this has been the case the last 3 years, because of the ongoing drought. I say this as we are getting a pretty good down pour at the moment.

Where are you relocating from? I'd be more than happy to help your with your home search or to answer any questions you may have!

Roman Lopez
(512) 947-2250
rlopez@kw.com
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