Austin water officials said Thursday that the drought is now the worst Central Texas has experienced — worse already than the epic decade-long drought of the 1950s — and that as early as next spring the city might need to pursue options as drastic as banning all but hand-held outdoor watering, creating new and higher customer “drought rates” and even curtailing the use of indoor water.
“This is not your father’s drought, this is not even your grandfather’s drought,” Austin Water Utility director Greg Meszaros told the City Council at its regular meeting. “This is, in my opinion, the worst drought we’ve faced in Central Texas, ever.”
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