Statements about Water
Says Central Texas river water sent to downstream rice farmers in 2011 equaled about three years’ worth of Austin’s water use.
San Antonio has seen "67% growth" in water customers "in the last 25 years, 0% more water used."
"Onion Creek’s highest flow rate" on a recent night of flooding "was 120,000 cubic feet per second, which is nearly double the average flow rate of Niagara Falls."
$6 billion water bond program voters passed in 2011 "has yet to be tapped."
Says Texas ranks first among the states in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and toxic chemicals released into water.
Says Austin’s treated wastewater, put into the Colorado River, is of higher quality than water the city takes from the lake for public use.
Says in "our region," 2011 was worst drought year ever recorded.
"Texas’ population is projected to double in the next 50 years or so, but our basic amount of water will remain about where it is now."
In "the past 10 years, our (Austin) water rates have increased by 100 percent and we now have the highest water cost of the top 10 cities in Texas."
Proposition 2 on November’s Texas ballot "does not cost state taxpayers any money."
"Ten years ago the Austin Water Utility used a total of 240.3 million gallons. Every summer since then our peak day of water use has been lower."
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