Although Austin has seen some decent rain as of late, drought conditions remain a serious concern. It will take many more days and inches of rain before the amount of water in the Highland Lakes rises to acceptable and sustainable levels. For this reason Stage Two water restrictions are still in effect for the city of Austin. The Austin Water Utility has established four levels of water restrictions which are put into place in successive order once water levels have fallen below the Water Conservation Stage. Following are descriptions of the Water Conservation Stage and the subsequent four drought response stages.
September 28, 2013