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AUSTIN, (AP) - San Antonio is preparing to move forward on a $2.2 billion pipeline that could eventually skirt outer Austin as it brings water to the thirsty Alamo City.

But, despite a punishing drought affecting most of the state, Austin officials say they aren't interested in participating in the pipeline.

The Austin American Statesman reports that as other Central Texas communities mull piping in water to meet growing needs, Texas' capital is largely foregoing pipelines.

That means Austin's destiny more than ever will be tied to the Colorado River - just as San Antonio's long has been tied to underground water.

The Colorado has been crippled by a shortage of inflows from its tributaries amid droughts. But forecasters say this fall and winter may be wetter than normal.

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