AUSTIN (KXAN) - The drip-drip-drip of bad news about dropping lake levels and heart-breaking lack of rain in Central Texas is starting to hit home for those who need water to live -- and to those who need water to make a living.
"I'm watering as little as possible and trying to keep what I have alive," said Paula Crider, one of the customers visiting Emerald Garden Nursery in Southwest Austin on Wednesday. "I think we have to be considerate of everyone or we wont have anything. Water's our most precious resource i think if we're not careful it will cost more then gas."
The remarks came amid reports that Lake Travis, the reservoir that supplies much of the region's water, is down to about 30 percent capacity. That means cities like Austin are considering even more restrictions on the amount of water people and businesses can use.
"I mean, 30 percent capacity, that number says a lot," said Chris Sonnier, program manager for SXSW Eco. "And as it continues to drain we're going to become closer to running out of a water."
That's a scary thought for Jeff Yarbrough, Emerald Garden's manager. He needs to water his inventory regularly or risk the viability of his business.
"Obviously that would be bad for everyone -- nurseries, landscape companies, etc.," he said of the prospect of more restrictions. Everyone should be prepared to make lifestyle adjustments for the common good.
"Theres a lot of situations where people keep doing what they want to do," he said "Keep taking long showers or having the most immaculate lawns you can imagine."
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A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.