AUSTIN (KXAN) — After days of constant heavy rain and flooding, the City of Austin has urgently called for the reduction of water usage early Sunday afternoon.
The City says that the flooding in our region has brought a lot of debris, silt and mud into the water supply. Because of this, water treatment plants are taking longer to filter and treat the water before delivering drinking water to homes and businesses.
The call for citizens of Austin to cut back on how much water they use is to ensure the plants can provide enough water to meet the basic needs of residents and for fire emergencies.
Below are some of the ways that people are being advised to minimize water usage:
- No outdoor watering
- Minimize indoor water use by postponing clothes washing and dishwashing as long as possible
- Taking shorter showers
Austin Water officials have not said how long the urgent call for conservation will last.