Should Austin conserve more water? Yes, task force says
Austin American Statesman, July 6, 2014
As Texas’ drought persists, the Austin City Council recently asked a group of volunteers to spend two months weighing ideas for new water supplies that the city could pursue to slake Austin’s thirst.
But the group — 11 people, many of whom have backgrounds in water policy — spent more time talking about conservation than they did poring over proposals to find more water elsewhere.
The group’s conclusion: Austin should be far more aggressive about saving the water it has before turning to expensive and logistically difficult sources, such as building pipelines to pump in water from far-flung places.