Austin Water is seeking public feedback on its new water strategy

AUSTIN (KXAN) – On Tuesday, Water Austin will host the first of three workshops this week to outline its Aquifer Storage and Restoration (ASR) Project.

This is a new water supply strategy that will allow the utility to store rainwater in a natural aquifer that will be available for later use when the water is needed.

It is a key supply strategy in a comprehensive plan to address drought and climate change risks in central Texas.

This ASR project is part of the Austin City Council Water Forward Planwhich was approved in 2018 after lake levels reached record lows in both Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan.

This project provides a road map for the future of water in Austin over the next 100 years.

“Early work on our ASR project has shown that the Trinity and Carrizo Wilcox aquifers and Bastrop, Lee and Travis counties have the best potential for an ASR project,” said Helen Gerlach, Austin Water’s ASR project manager. “So we’ll be hosting each of these in-person community workshops in those communities in Bastrop, Lee and Travis counties to hopefully get input from those communities on the project options.”

Although Austin Water is still in the early stages of implementing this ASR project, she said community feedback is critical to making important decisions about where construction of this aquifer will begin.

The first seminar will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m Giddings Public Library. There will be another meeting on Wednesday in Bastrop, followed by a workshop on Thursday in Austin.

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