If you’re like most Austinites, you probably got caught in the round of powerful storms that hit the city last week. The downpour caused flooding and traffic problems; but chances are it also helped your lawn and garden, too. With a little luck, all that rain may also signal the beginning of the end of the drought that has plagued Central Texas since 2009.
According to myfoxaustin.com, water flow from surrounding creeks in the Austin area has helped aquifer levels rise nine feet in less than three weeks. Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District representative Brian Smith adds that if more heavy rains fall on Austin, the city could be out of aquifer drought by the end of 2013.
But the aquifer would have to rise another 10 feet. In the meantime, though, the Conservation District declared that it was easing water restrictions to Stage II Alarm. The last time the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District declared Austin to be out of a dry spell was in 2011.
Unfortunately, Highland Lakes are not filling up quite as quickly. For that to happen, the rains would have to fall over the entire Hill Country area. So Austin continues to remain in Stage II Water Restriction mode. This means outdoor watering using irrigation systems/sprinklers is limited to one day a week for all residential and commercial users: see http://www.austintexas.gov/department/drought-update for more information.
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