Water Ponderings in ATX

21 May
Sculptured Falls on Barton Creek circa 1988

Sculptured Falls on Barton Creek circa 1988


Growing up in Austin, Texas I had easy access to many beautifully amazing Central Texas swimming holes, creeks, springs, and lakes.  My family spent many hours swimming and splashing in and around Lake Travis, Barton Creek, Hamilton’s Pool, and many other cool, refreshing jewels….welcome respites from the blazing Texas Summers.  During that time, in retrospect very lucky, the creeks & lakes were full and the springs flowed bountifully.  During my early adulthood I can proudly claim that I swam in either Barton Springs or Barton Creek almost every single day for about seven years…Good Times!  The photo above shows Sculptured Falls on Barton Creek in 1988….the creek was flowing clear and strong and the area upstream was largely undeveloped.  It was Nirvana-esque.


Fast forward to 2014 and a whole lot has changed in Central Texas. Explosive growth has brought our Austin MSA population to the 2M mark and all those people bring an increased demand for water with them.  At the same time our region has entered a very severe drought cycle that has impacted our water supply in a major way.  The combination of greatly increased population (and demand for water) and diminished surface-water and groundwater resources represents a MAJOR factor in the direction of both development and conservation in Central Texas.  Rainfall totals are near record lows as are area lake levels. Creeks are dry and spring flow has diminished to almost-nothing while the aquifer levels under our region are approaching record lows as well.


Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an emerging problem that will take ALL our concerted efforts to address:  A Looming Water Crisis in Central Texas.


Here are Scott’s 2-Minute tips on how you can be thrifty with water:

  • Check for leaks in your house
  • Install low-flow shower heads
  • Take shorter showers and turn off the faucet while brushing teeth
  • Replace old toilets with water-efficient toilets
  • Don’t water yard in the heat of the day
  • Use low-angle sprinklers
  • Replace St. Augustine grass with drought-tolerant grasses
  • Use drip irrigation if possible

Here’s a BIG LIST of Water Conservation Tips


Hey, we’re all in this together.  All of us share the need for water to survive and all of us share the responsibility of conserving our most precious resource!!


Ciao, Scott Nicholson


*If you know anyone in Central Texas who needs to Lease Commercial Office, Warehouse, or Retail Space for their business please tell them to call Scott Nicholson, Tenant Rep, at 512-947-2688*







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