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Two new Austin water conservation requirements for projects go into effect Wednesday

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Water’s Two Changes Water transition, a 100-year plan to ensure the city has water as it continues to grow and avoid any concerns about drought, will go into effect Wednesday.

One is a measure that would require all new major developments larger than 250,000 square feet within 500 feet of the reclaimed waterline to connect to it. It’s an unusable plumbing or water that can be used to water your lawn and flush your toilet. The move will expand conservation efforts.

Austin Water also plans to implement a new water standards program that will provide recommendations for all new developments – large or small – that could help save water.

“Many of our conservation activities have been targeted at retrofitting existing buildings, changing your toilets and fixtures to existing buildings, but with new buildings, before when you build them, you can save money by planning ahead,” said Katherine Jashinski, a supervisory engineer with Austin Water.

Currently, Austin Water is offering offers through Pilot incentive program for on-site water reuse systems (OWRS) and Water connection pilot discount voluntarily withdrawn. Developments that replace 1 million gallons or more of drinking water per year are eligible for incentives up to $250,000 to help with infrastructure costs and more to make it happen. realistic. Projects that replace at least three million gallons or more can receive incentives up to half a million dollars. This will eventually become mandatory in two years.

The program also offers up to $100,000 to those who connect their properties to and use recycled non-potable water.

Every five years, Austin Water reviews its Water Forward plan to make sure it’s taking the right steps to conserve water for the future.

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DUSTIN JONES

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