State report: Many Texans at risk of running out of water

AUSTIN -- The state's water supply is under close scrutiny.

The Comptroller's Office released Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution on Tuesday. The 24-page report highlights how dangerously close thousands of Texans are to running out of water.

The report shows that nearly 23,000 people are at risk of running out of water within 45 days; more than 47,000 others could be out of water within 90 days; and more than 16,000 people could run out within 180 days.

The state is considering water savings on a local basis. According to the report, if municipalities can conserve 10 percent, Texas could save nearly 487,000 acre-feet of water each year.

One acre foot amounts to the consumption three average Austin households use in a single year. A Lower Colorado River Authority Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss water conservation.

The agency is considering adding a new reservoir and new water wells.

Go here to read the full report.


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