Drought in Central Texas the Worst Ever, Official Says
Austin's water utility director says that the current drought is the worst Central Texas has ever faced and that the city may need to consider extreme measures next year.
Austin's water utility director says that the current drought is the worst Central Texas has ever faced and that the city may need to consider extreme measures next year to deal with the rapidly dwindling lakes that supply the city with water. As the Austin American-Statesman reports, utility director Greg Meszaros told the Austin City Council that under the worst-case scenario — in which conservation measures are not taken and low inflows continue — the lakes will go dry in two to three years.
Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.
Information about the authors
Quality journalism doesn't come free
Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue across the country are declining, The Texas Tribune remains committed to sustaining our mission: creating a more engaged and informed Texas with every story we cover, every event we convene and every newsletter we send. As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on members to help keep our stories free and our events open to the public. Do you value our journalism? Show us with your support.Yes, I'll donate today