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Austin’s mandatory water restrictions save hundreds of millions of gallons
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 by Austin Monitor
Austin Water Utility Assistant Director Daryl Slusher, along with Sonja Stefaniw, division manager for water conservation, presented an update to the Resource Management Commission on Tuesday night.
Commercial and multi-family properties have mandatory watering restrictions year-round. Residential properties have mandatory watering restrictions between May 1 and Sept. 30. According to AWU figures, 121,500 gallons per day were saved between October and March, and 312,294 gallons per day between March and October, which Slusher said were good numbers for water conservation.
Last summer, however, it rained in
Slusher provided some additional figures. The city conducted 762 water waste investigations between October 2008 and April 2009. Numbers are up considerably, now that phone calls have been shifted to the city’s 311 line. The first course of action for water wasters is a warning; only after that are citations issued.
When the reclaimed water network is built out, it will run through 130 miles of “purple” pipe, Slusher said. The reclaimed water tower on
Eventually, AWU has targeted
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