Mandatory City of Austin water restrictions for residential customers went into effect on May 1st and will last through September 30th. The restrictions are part of the City's water use management ordinance (Chapter 6-4 of City Code) and require that all customers (commercial, multifamily residential) adhere to the watering schedule unless granted a variance.
To satisfy watering needs, the City encourages residents to purchase rainbarrels through its rainbarrel sales program. Austin Water Utility customers may purchase up to four rainbarrels per month from Austin Water Conservation at a discounted price of $60 per barrel. Rainbarrels distributed through the Water Conservation program hold 75 gallons and are made of sturdy dark green polyethylene. They are 3' tall and roughly 27" at the widest point. Rainbarrels come with a debris screen and outflow hose, as well as an overflow tube.