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Old 08-04-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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Okay uhmm.... ....is it ever going to rain again?
Yes.

As has been posted here before:

"When it rains it never stops, when it stops in never rains."

October is coming.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:25 AM
 
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Yes.

As has been posted here before:

"When it rains it never stops, when it stops in never rains."

October is coming.
I see. So curious about one other thing, do we ever get water restrictions?
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:32 AM
 
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I see. So curious about one other thing, do we ever get water restrictions?

Yes. I believe we are currently on restrictions in my water district.

I have xeriscape so very low water usage. (except my basil plants!)
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I see. So curious about one other thing, do we ever get water restrictions?
Water restrictions never lifted after the last drought, at least not entirely. They stayed at 'conservation' status:

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CONSERVATION STAGE RESTRICTIONS

You may water only on your assigned day(s) and times.

Residential
  • Hose-end Sprinklers - ​two days per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Automatic Irrigation - one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight (Residential customers may also water a second day with a hose-end sprinkler)
Commercial / Multi-family / Public Schools
  • ​Hose-end Sprinklers or Automatic Irrigation - ​​one day per week - midnight to 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. to midnight

Wasting water is prohibited
Washing vehicles at home is permitted with an auto shut-off hose or bucket
Charity car washes may only be held at a commercial carwash
Fountains must recirculate water
Restaurants may not serve water unless requested by a customer
Patio misters at commercial properties (including restaurants and bars) may only operate between 4 p.m. and midnight
Commercial power/pressure washing equipment must meet efficiency requirements
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Some other drought management information:
http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/def...ngencyPlan.pdf
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:12 AM
 
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Water restrictions never lifted after the last drought, at least not entirely. They stayed at 'conservation' status:
I see, its not as bad as I thought it would be.
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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As an aside, over 50% of the water lost out of lake Travis in the summer is evaporation. If water is released for rice farming, that is the second biggest use. The third biggest use is 'environmental' releases - i.e., to keep salt water out of the river and maintain the ecology downstream. While rice farming releases are curtailed during certain drought stages, it is very hard to do anything about evaporation or environmental releases. Lawn water is actually a relatively small piece of the usage.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:26 PM
 
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The arbuckle reservoir will help a lot. Unfortunately the open date has shifted to 2020 due to seepage.

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Arbuckle Reservoir
The Arbuckle Reservoir is the first significant new water supply reservoir developed in the lower Colorado River basin in decades. LCRA built the reservoir off the main channel of the Colorado River, near Lane City in Wharton County.

The reservoir, which formerly was known as the Lane City Reservoir, could add up to 90,000 acre-feet of water to the region's supply. It is the first project that will allow LCRA to capture and store significant amounts of water downstream of the Highland Lakes.

The new reservoir will benefit the entire basin by helping reduce the amount of water otherwise required to be released from the Highland Lakes to serve downstream demands, including industrial and agricultural customers. Read the fact sheet.

Status of Operational Testing as of May 2019: During the course of conducting operational readiness testing, LCRA has detected seepage from the subsurface in three areas outside the reservoir perimeter. Given the topography and soil characteristics of this area of Wharton County, such seepage is not considered extraordinary. Engineering analysis is currently being conducted to determine the nature and cause of the seepage and to develop a remedial action plan to resolve the situation. A temporary delay is necessary to ensure the long-term operation of the facility without any undue erosion impacts or damage to the reservoir. It is anticipated the reservoir will be fully operational in the spring of 2020; however, should the remedial work be completed earlier, the schedule for operationalizing the reservoir will be adjusted accordingly.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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The arbuckle reservoir will help a lot. Unfortunately the open date has shifted to 2020 due to seepage.
Open and operating??? Anyone taking bets on that? I guess that's a one-year delay...I can't imagine being that close to projected completion date. I'm just a skeptic
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Old 08-06-2019, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Open and operating??? Anyone taking bets on that? I guess that's a one-year delay...I can't imagine being that close to projected completion date. I'm just a skeptic
It was, all things considered, pretty simple .
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