So called 'extreme' water solutions are being considered as Central Texas looks at the most serious drought in its history, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The head of the Austin Water Utility is suggesting that regulations which ban all lawn watering except with a hand held hose are being contemplated to start this coming spring unless the region experiences above average rainfall this winter.
Greg Maszaros says they are even considering restricting the amount of water that people can use inside their homes, for bathing and cooking.
Meszaros says Central Texas next month will hit the point where the drought is the worst ever. The region gets all of its drinking water from the Highland Lakes, and in about a month the lakes are expected to fall to 31% of capacity, their lowest level ever.
In metro San Antonio, where water comes from the Edwards Aquifer and other sources, SAWS says it is hoping to stick with Stage Two of the water management plan through the wintertime.
SAWS is able to obtain water from the underground storage facility, and has plans to bring new water sources on line in the coming years.