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Austin's Drought Danger

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:28 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:36 PM ]
Originally posted May 10, 2011

You know it's pretty bad when even the governor of Texas has us praying for rain! According to the LCRA, "This is the largest and most severe classification of drought across the Colorado basin since September 2009." Dry, windy conditions contributed to last month's Oak Hill fires and West Texas fires and continue to present a real danger to everyone today. Wildfires have scorched more than 2 million acres and damaged more than 400 homes this year alone according to the Texas Forest Service.

And the danger is not over. With dry conditions expected to continue through the summer months the LCRA will likely be implimenting water use reductions. To help ensure the safety of your home and the surrounding areas be sure to obey all burn bans, use caution during gas/wood grilling, and be sure to put out all cigarettes completely.

With that being said if you've lived in Austin for a while you'll understand that our weather conditions can change rapidly and rain can come unexpectly. It's no wonder why we Texans have the saying, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a little while". This is a good time to consider rain barrels if you have not already done so. Rain barrels are a great way to store rain water for lawn and garden watering purposes. They also aid in environmental efforts by conserving water and by helping keep your water costs down.

Rain barrels can be added to existing gutters or to a new gutter installation. Basically they are installed below a downspout and all the rain water is collected that drains down off of your gutters during a rain storm. It is a great way to help impliment any water reductions/restrictions made by the LCRA. It is a great way to GO GREEN and not to mention that rain water is better for your grass, garden, and plants due to it being the purest form of water. Consider rain barrels to help with water conservation efforts this summer and in the future!