Austin wades out of historic floods, looks to expand water sources

By District Energy posted 11-13-2018 00:00


Alyssa Goard,


AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Austin is returning to normalcy following historic flooding, silt-filled water overwhelming city water intake plants and a city-wide water boil notice.

However, those events and the stress they caused are still at the forefront as Austin Water, the city's water utility, presented a 100-year water plan to city council Tuesday. 

Austin Water has been working on this "Water Forward Plan" for four years, it will ultimately need to be passed by council. Currently the council is scheduled to hear about the plan one more time, then they are set to vote on it November 29. 

Among other things, the plan allows the city to look into adding to its water supply. 

Currently, Austin gets all of its water from the Colorado River. Of the three city water intake plants, two are on Lake Austin and one is on Lake Travis. 

Austin Water said under this plan, the city intends to continue using the river and the Highland Lakes as its main water source. However, the utility also wants to add other options such as expanding Aquifer Storage and Recovery (storing drinking water deep underground) as well as expanding Austin's reclaimed water system. 

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