Lowering our water use ensures clean water for future generations, reduces the electricity required for water and wastewater services, and decreases the need and expense for water infrastructure.
The Austin area is in an extreme drought. This is a serious challenge our community must address. Click here for important information about the drought, conservation, watering restrictions, how Austin Water is working to protect your water supply and how you can be part of the effort to meet this historic challenge.
Saving water is easy. Find out how to save water at yourhome or business and learn about water conservation policy. Sign up to receive our newsletters by clicking here. See a video at the bottom of this page on setting your irrigation system for your watering day. Remember to turn off your irrigation system during the winter months.
Current Water Conservation Initiatives
New Pilot Program - Drought Tools for Your Yard - Now is the time to prepare your yard for Austin’s long hot summer. By using a combination of mulch, compost and aerating your lawn, you will be prepared for what the long hot days of summer can do to your yard.
Gray Water- learn about requirements for designing, permitting, and installing a gray water system to collect wastewater from clothes washers, bathtubs and lavatory sinks to use for irrigating landscapes, watering foundations, and keeping trees healthy.
ICI Audit Rebate Pilot Program- Austin Water offers customers a rebate of up to $5,000 for an independent water audit at their industrial, commercial, or institutional facility. To qualify, customers must commit to fixing any leaks and making any recommended equipment or system setting adjustments.
Commercial Facility Irrigation Assessment Program- Commercial, multifamily, and City municipal facilities equal to or greater than 1.0 acre in size must obtain an evaluation of any permanently installed irrigation system. For a list of Austin Water Authorized Irrigation Inspectors, click here.
Water Wells Program - The City of Austin adopted an ordinance related to water wells which includes registration requirements that apply in conjunction with the drilling of water wells, the installation of water well pumps and other closely related activities.