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UH, BUDDY, UM, WE

[CALL TO ORDER ]

HAVE A QUORUM AT 1202.

THIS IS AMAZING.

WE ALWAYS HAVE A QUORUM.

WE JUST DON'T EVER HAVE EVERYBODY LOGGED ON.

AND THE TECHNOLOGY WORKING SO HATS OFF TO EVERYBODY, UM, THAT WE WERE MAKING IT HAPPEN.

SO, AND THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE WE GOT A BIG WHOLE AGENDA TODAY.

SO, UM, LET'S GO AHEAD AND CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

AND I WAS GONNA S I'M LOOKING, WE HAVE, IS THIS A NEW PERSON TAUGHT TONY DAVEY AND TONY IS WITH ARR HE'S OUR EX-OFFICIO FROM ARR.

OH, GREAT.

THAT'S ONE OF OUR AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY.

IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY, GOOD.

HI, TONY.

YOU WANT TO SAY HI? AWESOME, TONY.

UM, I APOLOGIZE.

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHO I'VE SEEN IT, NOT BECAUSE OF ZOOM WORLD FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS.

HAVE YOU BEEN ON THESE MEETINGS BEFORE? JUST ABOUT ALL LEVEL.

OH MY GOD.

THAT'S EMBARRASSING.

OKAY.

WELL, WELCOME BACK.

I WAS MISTAKEN YOUR GRAY SQUARE FOR SOME OTHER GRAY SQUARE AND GETTING IT ALL MIXED UP.

OKAY.

WELL, OFF TO A RIP-ROARING START.

ALL RIGHT.

SO, OOPS, GOTTA TURN THIS AGENDA OVER.

UM,

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

DO WE HAVE ANY, UM, PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS? WE DO.

WHAT, HOW EXCITING? NO, IT NEVER HAPPENS.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO GO TO THE PODIUM.

I NEED TO SPEAK INTO THE MIC HERE.

IS THAT BETTER FOR HELLO? ALL RIGHT.

GREAT.

WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, TO THE ESTEEMED MEMBERS OF THIS TASK FORCE.

CONGRATULATIONS ON HAVING THE LONGEST NAME OF A COMMITTEE I'VE EVER HEARD.

UM, I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING A NUMBER OF YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THE REST SOON, AND I WANT TO SAY, THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

UH, MY NAME IS PAUL DE FIORI, AND I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF THEY'RE AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN EAST AUSTIN.

FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES TODAY, I'D LIKE TO RAISE AN ISSUE TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR NOW AND HOPEFULLY FOR FUTURE AGENDAS.

UM, AND THAT IS WATER JUSTICE IN OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTY.

YOU KNOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WATER PLANNING FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS, LET'S NOT OVERLOOK THE NEEDS.

TALK ABOUT PLANNING, EQUITABLY, AND I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF, I THINK, HOW THAT'S REALLY NOT NECESSARILY HAPPENING TODAY AND HOW WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

UM, DESPITE THE FACT THAT TOGETHER, THE WORDS, EQUITY AND JUSTICE ARE MENTIONED MORE THAN 50 TIMES IN THE WATER FORWARD PLAN.

UM, BUT BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, UH, LAST YEAR PUT AIR LAUNCHED A NEW INITIATIVE CALLED THE COLORADO RIVER RIVER CONSERVANCY TO GRASSROOTS LED NETWORK OF NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALLIES WHO SHARE THE MISSION OF PROTECTING THE WILD AND SCENIC STRETCH OF AUSTIN'S URBAN RIVER, RUNNING EAST OF LONGHORN DAM.

AND WITH THE DEVELOPMENT PRESSURE FACING THAT RIVER CORRIDOR, WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR A COMMUNITY CENTRIC VISION FOR THE FUTURE THAT NOT ONLY PREVENTS THE DESTRUCTION OF ECOSYSTEMS FOR WILDLIFE, BUT ALSO GETS IN FRONT OF THE LOOMING GENTRIFICATION AND DISPLACEMENT, ESPECIALLY OF LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS OF COLOR AND OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE RESIDENTS.

WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT A NUMBER OF WATER RELATED ISSUES, BUT THE ONE THAT HAS STOOD OUT TO ME MOST IN RECENT WEEKS IS THAT OF WATER ACCESS AND WATER SERVICE PROVISION.

IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN YOU GO JUST A FEW MILES EAST OF AUSTIN WHO GETS WATER FROM WHOM AND AT WHAT PRICE, AND WHEN YOU TRY TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, YOU FIND A GLARING EXAMPLE OF INEQUITY THAT IS UNFOLDING RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES TAKE THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF AUSTIN'S COLONY, JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS, WHICH HAS FOR YEARS COMPLAINED ABOUT THE POOR QUALITY OF THEIR WATER AND THE FACT THAT THEY OFTEN PAY ASTRONOMICAL RATES FOR IT.

THEY HAVE THE MISFORTUNE OF BEING IN THE CCN OF A PRIVATE COMPANY CALLED SOUTHWEST WATER.

NOW JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THAT NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THESE PAST TWO YEARS, TESLA HAS BUILT A 4.2 MILLION SQUARE FOOT FACTORY.

ALSO JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS.

THEY'RE GOING TO USE A LOT OF WATER IN THEIR MANUFACTURING PROCESSES, BOTH FOR VEHICLES AND BATTERIES, AND THEY'RE GETTING IT FROM AUSTIN WATER.

HOW TESLA'S PROPERTY WHEN PURCHASED WAS IN THE CCN OF YOU GUESSED IT SOUTHWEST WATER.

SO THEY REQUESTED AN EXPEDITED RELEASE FROM THE PUC AND AFTER SOME LEGAL WRANGLING GOT OUT OF THAT CCN OWING, NO COMPENSATION TO SOUTHWEST WATER, THEY BUILT PIPES AND GOT CONNECTED TO THE CITY INSTEAD BECAUSE WHO WOULDN'T WANT CHEAPER, CLEANER WATER, RIGHT? I BET AUSTIN'S COLONY WOULD.

NOW YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THAT STORY AS IT RECEIVES ZERO MEDIA ATTENTION AND REQUIRED DIGGING THROUGH PUC FILES AND ASKING CITY OFFICIALS IN ORDER TO FIGURE IT OUT.

WHERE WAS THE OVERSIGHT, THE TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THIS WHOLE PROCESS? TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THERE WASN'T A PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON THE MERITS, LET ALONE APPROVAL FROM THE COUNCIL AND ENORMOUS NEW INDUSTRIAL USER GETS PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO BE ADDED TO AUSTIN WATER

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SERVICE AREA WHILE NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS AREN'T.

AND THERE ISN'T EVEN ANY INPUT FROM OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.

IT'S SHOCKING.

WE HAVE TO DO BETTER.

UM, OUR CITY AND COUNTY LEADERSHIP HAS TO DO BETTER AND PREFERABLY ON THE SOONER END OF THE NEXT 100 YEARS OF WATER FORWARD.

SO MY ASK OF ALL OF YOU TODAY IS THAT YOU HELP US AS ADVOCATES WITH YOUR EXPERTISE AND OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY TO MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND THESE ISSUES AND ENSURE THAT WE MANAGE OUR WATER WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN MIND, PRIORITIZING THE QUALITY OF LIFE, HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PEOPLE OVER THE BUSINESS INTERESTS OF CORPORATIONS RUN BY THE WORLD'S SINGLE WEALTHIEST INDIVIDUAL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU J NOW, UM, I'VE GOT TO PUSH THE BUTTON.

UM, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

DOES ANYONE, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR PAUL ON THE SCREEN? OKAY.

UM, WELL MAYBE, MAYBE WE'LL ASK STAFF TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS AT A FUTURE, A FUTURE MEETING.

UM, ARE YOU STAYING FOR THE MEETING? ARE YOU STAYING, ARE YOU JUST GIVING COMMENTS AND OKAY.

I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW.

I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY THERE'S EXTRA PACKETS.

IF YOU WANT ONE TO FOLLOW ALONG WITH, IF YOU'D LIKE THAT, UM, IT MAKES IT'S HELPFUL.

UM, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT A LOT OF ISSUES.

UM, TODAY, UH, WE HAVE A VERY FULL AGENDA.

THIS IS, I'VE HEARD A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS, SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT UP AND, UM, WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT SOME MORE.

OKAY.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

ALL RIGHT.

UM, MOVING ON, WE NEED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM OUR MARCH 21ST TASK FORCE MEETING TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

ALL RIGHT.

ROBERT MOVES.

HEY, WAS THE HANEY, WAS THAT A SECOND OR WAS THERE A FLY? WE'RE GOING TO SAY HANEY SECONDED.

CAUSE I SAW HIM WAVE HIS HAND.

UM, OKAY.

AND ALL, ALL IN FAVOR.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? OKAY.

DOES ANYONE NEED TO ABSTAIN OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT? TODD DOES.

OKAY.

CHECK ONE EIGHT CHECK.

[2.a. Water supply update ]

OKAY.

WE'RE MOVING ON TO STAFF BRIEFINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS.

UM, FIRST UP AS A WATER SUPPLY UPDATE, WHICH WOO IT'S RAINED.

YAY.

YEAH, THAT'S REALLY NICE.

UM, NOT ENOUGH, BUT IT HAS RAINED.

SO, AND SARAH EASTMAN FROM OUR TEAM WHO'S JOINING REMOTELY IS GOING TO PROVIDE THIS PRESENTATION.

ALL RIGHT.

GREAT.

THANKS SARAH.

HELLO? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

FANTASTIC.

YEAH, AS JENNIFER NOTED IT RAINED, UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDN'T RAIN AS MUCH IN THE WATERSHED AS IT DID IN TOWN, WHICH IS ALWAYS A BUMMER.

BUT, UM, LET'S MOVE ON TO THE FIRST SLIDE.

THANKS.

SO OUR COMBINED STORAGE SINCE 2005, WE'RE STARTING THAT, THAT DRIFT DOWNWARD FROM THE SUMMER.

UNFORTUNATELY IT'S AT A LITTLE BIT FASTER RATE THAN WE WOULD HAVE LIKED.

CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? UM, OUR APRIL INFLOWS IN SPITE OF THAT RAIN RANKED AS THE LOWEST INFLOWS ON RECORD, UM, RICHARD HOFFPAUIR SENDS US SOME REALLY FANTASTIC ANALYSIS OF THE INFLOWS.

AND, UM, THAT WAS A PRETTY REMARKABLE NOTE THAT 2022 HAD 5,723 ACRE FOOT, UM, INFLOW COMPARED TO AN AVERAGE VOLUME OF 99,000 ACRE FEET.

SO IT'S ABOUT SIX OF A TYPICAL APRIL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

JUST A QUICK QUESTION IF I MAY, OF COURSE, UM, IS THAT THE LOWEST RECORD FOR APRIL OR THE LOWEST RECORD MONTHLY EVER THE LOWEST APRIL, APRIL.

THANK YOU.

AND I CAN, CAN PULL UP WHERE IT RANKS OVERALL, BUT IT MIGHT TAKE ME A SECOND.

THAT'S IN THE CHAT ONCE I HAVE A SECOND TO LOOK AT IT, SARAH THAT'S FOR THE PERIOD OF RECORD, RIGHT.

THE 1942 TO PRESENT.

OKAY.

YEAH.

AND AS IT'S SO OFTEN THE CASE YOU CAN SEE FROM THE DROUGHT MONITOR THAT TRAVIS COUNTY IS ABNORMALLY DRY, MODERATE DROUGHT ON TERRIBLE, BUT OUR WATERSHED IS DOING A LITTLE BIT WORSE, UM, RANGING BETWEEN EXTREME AND EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT OFF TO THE WEST OF OUR LITTLE HEART SHAPED COUNTY IN THE CENTER.

NEXT SLIDE.

THE THREE-MONTH OUTLOOK FROM NOAH.

UM, AGAIN, WE'RE RIGHT ON THAT THRESHOLD ON THE PRECIPITATION

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OUTLOOK BETWEEN SORT OF EQUAL CHANCES OF WETTER AND DRIER AND A LITTLE BIT LOWER THAN TYPICAL PRECIPITATION.

UM, THE TEMPERATURE IS ABOVE OUR TYPICAL TEMPERATURE FORECAST.

SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SOME, SOME HEAT COMING UP NEXT SLIDE, AND THEN THE LAKE LEVEL FORECAST, UM, AS OF APRIL 1ST, WE ARE, OH, WE HAD EXACTLY THE NUMBER THAT WE ARE, BUT RIGHT OVER 1.5 MILLION ACRE FEET AND COMBINED THE STORAGE, THE PROJECTIONS, UM, EVERYTHING, BUT THAT 25TH PERCENTILE WETTEST PROJECTION GETS US CROSSING THE 1.4 MILLION ACRE FOOT, UM, THRESHOLD FOR STAGE ONE DROPPERS AND DIRECTIONS.

SO ON THE, THE MEDIAN CONDITION PROJECTION THAT IS TAKING PLACE RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY.

UM, AND THAT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO PASS IT OVER TO KEVIN CLINKY, TO TALK ABOUT THE CONSERVATION TEAMS RESPONSE TO THE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS THAT WERE PREPARING FOR.

AND THEN KEVIN CLUKEY ABSENCE.

I THINK MAYBE KEVIN CRITTENDON CAN SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TO THOSE PREPARATIONS, KEVIN WHEN KEVIN OR ANOTHER, UM, KEVIN CRUTTENDEN, AUSTIN WATER.

UM, SO AS YOU CAN SEE, I MEAN, IN, IN MOST OF THESE PROJECTIONS SCENARIOS, WE ARE PROJECTED TO DROP BELOW THE TRIGGER LEVELS SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE INDEED HAVE TO ENACT OUR DROUGHT ONE, UM, CONSERVATION REQUIREMENTS.

UM, WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON, UM, SOME DRAFT INFORMATION FOR WATER WASTEWATER COMMISSION AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, JUST TO PROVIDE THEM SOME, UM, UM, PRE NOTICE OF THIS CONDITION.

AND THEN ALSO PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT AND A LITTLE BIT OF JUSTIFICATION AND IMPACT.

UM, THAT WILL ALSO BE A PART OF A PACKET THAT WILL, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'LL, WE'LL COORDINATE WITH THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE SO THAT THEY CAN NOTIFY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THIS SORT OF IMPENDING POSSIBILITY.

UM, OUR GENERAL TARGET IS TRY TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION READY TOWARD THE END OF THE MONTH.

UM, AND THEN AT THAT POINT IT'LL SORT OF BE A LITTLE BIT OF A WAIT AND SEE AS FAR AS, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE'RE ACTUALLY IN THE THROWS OF NEEDING TO, UM, ENACT, UH, THE, THOSE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS.

AND SO THAT WITH ALL THAT PREFERENCE, UH, PRE-INFORMATION PREPARED, UM, THEN IT'S A PRETTY QUICK, UM, NOTIFICATION PROCESS WHEREBY THE CITY MANAGER WILL ACTUALLY SEND, UH, A MEMO TO COUNCIL ENACTING THE DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS.

SO THAT'S KIND OF THE GENERAL OUTLOOK, UM, OBVIOUSLY, UM, YOU KNOW, THINGS CHANGE, YOU KNOW, WITH THE NEXT STORM.

SO WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH IT, UM, BUT BE PREPARED TO BE AS PROACTIVE AS WE CAN.

SO THAT'S KIND OF IT.

GREAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, I LIKE, I LIKE ALL THAT I'M HEARING ABOUT THAT WHEN Y'ALL PREPARE THOSE PACKETS OF INFORMATION, UM, FOR RMC AND WHAT OUR WASTEWATER, CAN YOU SHARE THEM WITH THE TASK FORCE AS WELL, RIGHT.

ONCE, ONCE THEY'RE AVAILABLE AND PRODUCED WELL, BE I THINK IT'S, I MEAN, MOST FOLKS ARE PROBABLY FAMILIAR, BUT I THINK IT'S GOOD TO KIND OF, YOU KNOW, SEE AN ACTION, HOW THESE THINGS ROLL OUT.

UM, AND, UH, BECAUSE A BIG PART OF THE WATER FOR PLAN IS, YOU KNOW, MANAGING THESE DROUGHT SITUATIONS.

AND, UM, SO, UH, AND ALSO GLAD TO SEE THAT THAT PRE-PLANNING IS HAPPENING AND YOU KNOW, THAT WE KNOW THAT IT'S COMING.

WE'RE ALSO, YOU KNOW, I WAS TELLING MY TEAM THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW THIS REALLY FEELS LIKE THESE ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS FEEL SIMILAR TO 2011.

UM, A BIG DIFFERENCE IS THAT, UM, AS FAR AS WATER SUPPLY GOES THAT WE HAVE A DIFFERENT WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN IN PLACE.

SO SOME OF THE OPERATIONAL THINGS AREN'T GONNA HAPPEN, UM, THAT, THAT HAPPENED BEFORE, UM, THE WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE HIGHLAND LAKES, BUT STILL THE WEATHER'S THE WEATHER WE'VE GOT WIND, WE'VE GOT LACK OF RAIN.

WE'VE GOT, UH, WE'VE GOT HIGH TEMPERATURES, UM, AND WE'VE GOT A LOT NINA.

SO, UM, GOT HER GOTTA PREPARE FOR SURE.

UM, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE LIKE VIDEOS AND OTHER STUFF ONLINE FOR THE WATER CONSERVATION STAFF.

THEY'VE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB WITH THAT.

UM, ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK? OKAY.

QUICK QUESTION.

UM, SO, SO IT LOOKS LIKE, Y'ALL SAY RAY HAS KEPT A BIT OF THEIR WIRE UP LIKE CANADA.

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AND SO IT'S, IT'S A BIT FULLER THAN LIKE TRAVIS.

IS THERE, IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT? ANYBODY KNOW? I MEAN, I'LL, I'LL JUST HISTORICALLY, I MEAN, I THINK IT ELSEWHERE HAS TENDED TO TRY TO KEEP WATER IN THE HIGHEST RESERVOIRS POSSIBLE.

I MEAN, THAT GIVES THEM THE MOST CONTROL AS FAR AS WHAT THEY CAN DO AND RELEASE WITH IT.

UM, I KNOW THAT ELSA HAS BEEN WORKING ON A SERIES OF FLOODGATE REMEDIATION PROJECTS UP ON BUCKHANNON.

I THINK THAT'S NOW BEEN COMPLETED.

I THINK THAT GIVES THEM A LITTLE MORE FLEXIBILITY TO STORE WATER THERE.

THAT'S GENERALLY JUST SORT OF A EXTERNAL OBSERVATION.

I DON'T KNOW IF OTHER STAFF MAY HAVE OTHER INFORMATION TO ADD TO THAT, BUT THAT'S JUST KIND OF A GENERAL RULE OF THUMB THAT I'VE WITNESSED OVER LOTS OF YEARS.

SO, ALL RIGHT.

LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS THE RANGE OF RIVER UPDATE, WHICH IS EITHER KATIE OR NICK, MAYBE, AND NICK AND KATE IS JOINING US FROM WATERSHED PROTECTION AND HELP PROVIDE THAT UPDATE.

WELCOME NICK.

SO I'M JUST GOING TO SAY HI REALLY QUICKLY IMPORTANT IT OVER TO NICK.

MY NAME IS KATIE COYNE.

I'M YOUR OFFICIAL MEMBER ON BEHALF OF WATERSHED PROTECTION.

UM, I'M YOUR CITY OF AUSTIN ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, UM, JANELL IS, IS SHARING OUR PRESENTATION HERE.

UH, I'M ALSO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE KICKING OFF THE BREAKTHROUGH PROCESS AND WE'LL TALK WAY MORE DETAIL AS MUCH AS HE CAN IN ABOUT FIVE MINUTES ANYWAY.

UM, BUT THIS IS A PLAN TO GUIDE THE DEPARTMENT'S WORK FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

UH, IT'S A, AN UPDATE TO OUR LAST STRATEGIC PLAN THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED IN 2001 AND IS ALTHOUGH THAT'S EVOLVED OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, IT STILL IS A PLAN THAT WOULD REALLY HAVE BEEN, UH, FULLY OVERHAULED IN 20 YEARS.

UH, IT ALSO DIDN'T PRIORITIZE ENGAGING PEOPLE OF COLOR AND LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES AND OTHER GROUPS MORE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES IN AUSTIN.

AND WE KNOW WE HAVE TO ADDRESS, UH, SOME OF OUR MOST PRESSING ISSUES LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE, POPULATION GROWTH AND RACIAL INEQUITIES, SO THAT AUSTIN'S RESIDENTS CAN CONTINUE TO THREAT.

UM, WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOME OF THOSE CONCRETE STEPS FOR US TO BOTH ACT QUICKLY, BUT ALSO PLAN FOR THE LONGTERM.

SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE AIM TO DO WITH THIS PLAN.

I'LL HAND IT OVER TO NICK AND KATE NOW, KATIE.

UM, SO YEAH, MY NAME IS NIKKI FADE.

I'M A PLANTER AND WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME TIME TO PRESENT THIS INFORMATION TODAY.

SO YEAH, LIKE KATIE MENTIONED, I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS FOR UPDATING THE WATERSHED PROTECTION STRATEGIC PLAN.

WE'RE CALLING THIS PROCESS RANGER RIVER, A STRATEGIC PLAN TO PROTECT AUSTIN'S CREEKS AND COMMUNITIES.

UM, I KNOW THERE'S A LOT ON THE AGENDA TODAY.

SO LIKE KATIE MENTIONED, WE'RE KEEPING THIS BRIEF, UM, BUT ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS ON OUR WEBSITE.

UM, AND WE'LL BE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY A LOT.

SO THERE SHOULD BE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY FOLKS WHO WANT TO GET MORE DETAILED INFORMATION TO DO THAT.

AND I'LL SHARE SOME RESOURCES AT THE END AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

UM, SO YEAH, MOST OF YOU ALL MAY ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH THE WORK WE DO IN WATERSHED PROTECTION.

UM, BUT I DID WANT TO JUST BEGIN WITH A BIT OF BACKGROUND.

THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IS THE CITY'S DRAINAGE UTILITY.

OUR DEPARTMENT'S MISSION IS TO PROTECT LIVES PROPERTY IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY, BY REDUCING THE IMPACT OF FLOODING OR EROSION AND WATER POLLUTION.

OUR WORK HELPS KEEP, KEEP AUSTIN'S CREEKS, LAKES AND LAKES HEALTHY AND CLEAN PREVENTS THINGS FROM ERODING AND STRIVES TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES SAFE FROM FLOODING.

UH, WE ACHIEVE THIS THROUGH A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES.

SOME EXAMPLES INCLUDE PERFORMING MODELING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT BUILDINGS AND ROADS ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING, CONDUCTING ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND RESTORATION PROJECTS INSPECTING AND MAINTAINING THE CITY'S DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE.

UH, WE ALSO BUILD CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND WE WRITE REGULATIONS THAT PREVENT POLLUTION AND EXCESSIVE STORMWATER RUNOFF AND DEVELOPMENT IN UNSAFE AREAS.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO YEAH, THIS PROCESS IS ALL ABOUT UPDATING OUR DEPARTMENTS TO TJ PLAN.

AND SO WHAT IS THAT? SO FIRST, SO REALLY IT DOES THREE MAIN THINGS FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.

FIRST, IT ACTS AS A GUIDANCE BLUEPRINT, IT'S UPS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR OUR WORK.

IT ESTABLISHES HOW WE PRIORITIZE PROBLEMS AND IT HELPS US EVALUATE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS.

UM, SECOND IT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK FOR EVALUATING FUTURE PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND REGULATIONS, AS WELL AS MEASURING OUR SUCCESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

AND THIRD, IT SERVES AS A COMMUNICATION TOOL TO HELP EXPLAIN OUR WORK AND PRIORITIES TO WATERSHED STAFF, OTHER DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, AND COMMISSIONS CITY COUNCIL, AND HOPEFULLY THE ENTIRE AUSTIN COMMUNITY.

AND LIKE, CAN'T YOU MENTION, THIS IS THE FIRST MAJOR UPDATE WE'VE DONE SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY UPDATED IN 2001.

UM, SO THIS IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS AN VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT FOR OUR DEPARTMENT AND THIS PROCESS IS REALLY EMPHASIZING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

SO, UM, LET'S GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, THE PROVIDING A VERY HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF OUR APPROACH

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TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UM, SO GENERALLY WE'RE PLANNING TO DIVIDE THE PROCESS INTO THREE PHASES.

WE ESTIMATE THIS PROCESS WILL TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE WITH FINAL ADOPTION BY CITY COUNCIL ANTICIPATED AT THE END OF 2024.

UM, SO THE FIRST PHASE AND THE ATTEMPT ON THE FIRST PHASE IS TOGETHER COMMUNITY INPUT AS MUCH COMMUNITY INPUT AS POSSIBLE, AND TO HEAR FROM A REPRESENTATIVE GROUP OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, AND REALLY TO DO THAT, WE'RE GOING TO USE A BROAD RANGE OF STRATEGIES.

UM, SOME OF THOSE ARE TRADITIONAL LIKE SURVEYS, BUT MANY OF THOSE ARE HERE FOR OUR DEPARTMENT FOCUS GROUPS AND A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM TO NAME SOME OF THOSE, UH, PHASE ONE ALREADY STARTED IN APRIL.

IT'S GOING TO LAST FOR NINE MONTHS AFTER PHASE ONE ENDS.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME INTERNALLY TO EVALUATE ALL THAT INPUT WE RECEIVED AND DEVELOP CONTENT.

THEN WE'RE GOING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND MAY, 2023 TO BEGIN PHASE TWO.

AND SO IN PHASE TWO, OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO EVALUATE HOW EFFECTIVELY WE TRANSLATED ALL THAT WE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY AND PHASE ONE INTO PLAY IN CONTENT.

AND THEN AFTER PHASE TWO, WE'LL HAVE ANOTHER BEHIND THE SCENES PERIOD WHERE WE ACTUALLY WRITE THE DRAFT PLAN.

AND THEN IN WE'LL LAUNCH PHASE THREE AND MAY OF 2024 TO PRESENT THAT DRAFT PLAN TO THE COMMUNITY, FINALIZE THE PLAN FOR ADOPTION PRESENTED BOARD'S CONDITIONS AND ULTIMATELY COUNCIL.

UM, OKAY.

YEAH, LET'S GO ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

UM, SO LIKE I SAID, KEEPING THIS VERY BRIEF, UM, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE NOW SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROCESS.

UH, SO PLEASE GO VISIT OUR WEBSITE REIN TO RIVER ATX.COM.

UM, IT HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROCESS ABOUT THE WORK THAT OUR DEPARTMENT DOES AND, UM, LINKS TO ALL THE WAYS THAT YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND PROVIDE INPUT.

UM, YOU CAN ALSO SIGN UP FOR OUR CONTACT LIST THERE TO STAY IN THE LOOP AND GET PROJECT UPDATES, INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS, ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

YOU'LL ALSO FIND THERE LINK TO OUR COMMUNITY VISION SURVEY.

UM, THIS IS A TRADITIONAL SURVEY THAT LETS YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR VALUES AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF AUSTIN'S CREEKS, UM, AND COMMUNITY.

UH, ALSO, UM, IT LETS YOU DROP POINTS ON A MAP TO IDENTIFY PLACES, UM, THAT YOU LOVE OR HAVE IDEAS FOR HOW TO IMPROVE, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN ALSO, UH, CURRENTLY WE HAVE AN OPEN APPLICATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM.

SO THIS IS A GROUP OF PAID COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO WILL HELP GATHER STORIES AND PERSPECTIVES FROM RACIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES.

AND WE'RE ACCEPTING THOSE APPLICATIONS THROUGH MAY 8TH.

YOU CAN FIND THOSE ON OUR WEBSITE.

PLEASE SHARE THOSE WITH ANYONE YOU MIGHT THINK IS INTERESTED.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO, YEAH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING US GIVE YOU THIS UPDATE TODAY.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY AND GET Y'ALL'S INPUT.

UM, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR THOUGHTS TO SHARE, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO OUR TEAM.

THANK YOU AGAIN.

GREAT.

THANKS NICK.

UM, I WANTED US TO HAVE A PRESENTATION ON THIS BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF CONNECTION BETWEEN, UM, THIS AND WATERSHED PROTECTION AND, AND, UM, AS WE MOVE INTO WATERFORD IMPLEMENTATION, AS THERE IS WITH A LOT OF THE OTHER KIND OF ENTERPRISES AT THE CITY, SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FOLKS AND, UM, TO, TO KIND OF MAKE THOSE CONNECTIONS AND PUT THEIR VOICE IN.

SO THANK YOU NICK FOR COMING AND GIVING A QUICK PRES OVERVIEW.

THERE'S LOTS OF OTHER WAYS TO FIND OUT MORE, UM, ONLINE, I'VE RECEIVED LOTS OF INFORMATION THROUGH VARIOUS WAYS, SO THANK YOU ALL.

THANKS.

SO,

[2.b. Water Forward 2018 Implementation update ]

UM, OKAY, SO LET'S MOVE ON TO OUR WATER FOR 2018 OR WF 18 IMPLEMENTATION UPDATES.

IS THAT MERISSA? YES.

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TEE UP SOME SLIDES TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 AND YOUR REPORT.

THIS IS AN ANNUAL REPORT COVERING THE PERIOD OF FROM OCTOBER 1ST, 2020 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 31ST, 2021.

UM, THE ANNUAL REPORT IS, UH, IN YOUR PACKETS OR IN YOUR EMAILED PACKETS.

WE HAVE THE KIND OF NICE GRAPHICALLY DESIGNED VERSION AND THERE, AND I WAS JUST GOING TO KIND OF RUN THROUGH SOME OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THAT REPORT, UM, AS PART OF THIS MEETING.

SO YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UH, JUST FOR A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT, UM, JUST AS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO KIND OF RECAP SOME OF THE PLAN HISTORY OR WATERFORD PLAN HISTORY.

UM, WE EXPERIENCED A SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT FROM 2008 TO 2016.

UM, 2011 IS NOTED AS THE DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD IN, IN, IN OUR BASIN.

UM, IN 2014 IN RESPONSE TO THE DROUGHT COUNCIL CREATED THE AUSTIN WATER RESOURCE PLANNING TASK FORCE.

UM, AND

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ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THAT AUSTIN WATER RESOURCE PLANNING TASK FORCE, IN ADDITION TO SHORT TERM, MEDIUM TERM AND LONGTERM OF WATER SUPPLY RECOMMENDATIONS WAS THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE PLAN THAT IT WOULD INCLUDE A DESEGREGATED DEMAND MODEL AS WELL AS SOME OTHER ELEMENTS, UM, AFTER THEY DELIVERED THEIR, UM, REPORT IN JULY OF 2014, I THINK IT WAS, UM, COUNCIL THEN CREATED IN DECEMBER OF 2014, THE AUSTIN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCE PLANNING COMMUNITY TASK FORCE, WHICH WE NOW LOVINGLY CALL THE WATERFORD TASKFORCE.

UM, THE WATERFORD TASK FORCE BEGAN MEETING IN MAY OF 2015 AND HAS CONTINUED TO MEET SINCE THAT TIME.

IN 2015, WE BEGAN AT THE UTILITY, THE SCOPE DEVELOPMENT FOR THAT IWI RP IN 2016, WE BROUGHT ON A CDM SMITH AND OTHER CONSULTANTS TO BEGIN THE PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

UM, AND WE CONTINUED THAT PROCESS THROUGH 2017, UM, AT, UH, INCLUDING TECHNICAL WORK AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE, UH, COMPLETED TO A HUNDRED DIFFERENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS OVER THE COURSE OF A THREE-YEAR PERIOD.

AND THEN IN 2018, A WATERFORD PLAN WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER.

UM, WE BEGAN THE IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING, UH, AND IN 2018 AFTER COUNCIL APPROVED THE PLAN AND HAVE BEEN IN THE IMPLEMENTATION STAGE SINCE THEN.

UM, SO YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

AWESOME.

THIS SUMMARIZES SOME KEY IMPLEMENTATION MILESTONES IN THE PERIOD SINCE THE PLAN, UH, APPROVAL.

AND AFTER WE, UM, COMPLETED AN IMPLEMENTATION PLANNING PROCESS, WE BEGAN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE METERING, ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT.

UM, COUNCIL APPROVED OUR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM, REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND INCENTIVE.

THEY'VE ALSO, UM, COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED THE, UM, UH, PROCUREMENT OF AN CONSULTANT, UH, TO SUPPORT OUR AQUIFER STORAGE AND RECOVERY PILOT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PROJECT.

UM, UH, WE, UH, ALSO DEVELOPED AND GOT APPROVED BY COUNCIL ADDITIONAL CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR WATER BENCHMARKING, ONSITE, WATER REUSE, AND EXTENSION OF RECLAIMED WATER CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS AND STAFF, UH, AT THE UTILITY ALSO DEVELOPED A NEW VOLUNTARY RECLAIMED WATER CONNECTION INCENTIVE THAT IS NOW LIVE.

UM, DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME, WE ALSO WORKED THROUGH THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS, UM, TO SUPPORT THAT PLANS DEVELOPMENT ALONG WITH OTHER FOLKS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TASK FORCE.

UM, THE REGION K WATER PLAN WAS ULTIMATELY APPROVED BY TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD IN 2021.

UM, HERE IN 2022, JUST KIND OF BROADENING OUT A LITTLE BIT.

UM, WE'VE SO FAR COMPLETED OUR ASR PRELIMINARY STORAGE ZONE SCREENING, UM, AND IDENTIFIED ADDITIONAL AQUIFERS FOR FURTHER EVALUATION AND WE'VE BECOME OUR, UM, PLAN UPDATE PROCESS THIS YEAR.

THE PLAN WAS, UM, UH, GOING TO BE UPDATED ON A FIVE-YEAR CYCLE AND ALIGNMENT WITH THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING CYCLE.

UM, WE WERE DELAYED A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE OF THE DELAYS IN DELIVERY OF THE 2020 CENSUS DATA.

HOWEVER, WE'RE STILL PLANNING TO DELIVER THAT PLAN, UM, IN 2024, NEXT SLIDE.

I MEAN, THAT SHOULD WORK OUT FINE FOR REGIONAL WATER PLANNING BECAUSE THE WHOLE IDEA IS FOR FOLKS, IS THAT THE WATER THAT STRATEGIES AND WATER FORWARD WILL BE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND REGION K PLAN, UM, THAT TIMING WILL WORK OUT FINE.

ABSOLUTELY.

YEAH.

SO THAT'S JUST GREAT CONTEXT TO KEEP IN MIND.

SO WE'RE DOING CITY LEVEL PLANNING.

WATERFORD IS A PLAN FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN THAT ULTIMATELY FEEDS INTO THE REGIONAL WATER PLAN.

UM, THAT IS JEN, WE INCLUDING STAKEHOLDERS ACROSS THE WHOLE LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN, AND THEN THAT FEEDS UP INTO THE STATE PLAN.

SO THERE'S DIFFERENT LEVELS OF, OF, UH, KIND OF STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT COORDINATION THAT WE'RE ACCOMPLISHING.

UM, SO JUST TO GO THROUGH SOME OF THE SECTIONS OF THE REPORT ITSELF, I WILL GO THROUGH JUST KIND OF QUICKLY, UM, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT Y'ALL, UH, WILL HAVE THE REPORT TO LOOK AT IMPROVES AT YOUR LEISURE, UM, IN TERMS OF WATER SUPPLIES.

AGAIN, JUST FOR SOME CONTEXT, CITY OF AUSTIN HAS APPROXIMATELY 325,000 ACRE FEET OF WATER, UM, AVAILABLE TO US FROM OUR COLORADO RIVER AND HIGHLAND LAKES, WATER SUPPLIES IN F 21.

WE DID EXPERIENCE, UM, FAIRLY LOW INFLOWS IN FLOWS TO LAKE TRAVIS AND BUCHANAN WERE THE 10TH LOWEST SINCE THE LAKES WERE BUILT.

UM, AND JUST TO KNOW, WE'VE ALREADY DISCUSSED THIS, BUT AS THOSE DRY CONDITIONS, IF THOSE DRY CONDITIONS PERSIST, WE, UM, WE'LL LIKELY SEE COMBINED STORAGE LEVELS, UH, DECREASING AND THE POSSIBLE TRIGGERING OF STAGE ONE DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN RESTRICTIONS, NEXT SIDE, UH, IN TERMS OF CUSTOMERS AND WATER USE R F Y 21, TOTAL PUMPING WAS 51.4 BILLION GALLONS, OR ABOUT 49% OF AUSTIN WATERS, TOTAL WATER SUPPLY.

UH,

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WE SERVED APPROXIMATELY 1.1, TWO, 5 MILLION PEOPLE, UM, AND OUR WATER USE ON A GALLONS PER CAPITA PER DAY BASIS WAS EQUAL TO ABOUT 125.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, I MENTIONED SOME OF OUR ACTIVITIES IN, UM, PROTECTING OUR CORE COLORADO RIVER SUPPLIES AND WORKING WITH OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS.

UM, WE ALSO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH, UM, THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY AND THROUGH OUR WATER PARTNERSHIP TO SHARE INFORMATION AND COORDINATE ON WATER SUPPLY PLANNING ISSUES.

NEXT SLIDE, UH, IN TERMS OF CONSERVATION INCENTIVES, CODES, AND ORDINANCES.

DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME, AUSTIN WATER CREATED A PILOT PARTNERSHIP WITH AUSTIN ENERGY TO PROVIDE INSTANT REBATES FOR CERTAIN WATER SAVING DEVICES, BASICALLY TRYING TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES.

WE ALSO CONTINUE TO INCENTIVIZE LANDSCAPE TRANSFORMATION WITH OUR EXISTING REBATE PROGRAMS, AND WE BEGAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPE ORDINANCE FOR NEW SINGLE FAMILY, RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE FROM MY ATX WATER, THAT'S OUR ADVANCED METERING INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE.

WE, UH, COMPLETED A PILOT PROJECT IN MID 2021 AT THE END OF FYI, 2021.

WE HAD INSTALLED NEARLY 15,000 METERS AND I'LL GIVE YOU SOME UPDATES ON KIND OF WHERE WE'RE AT IN CURRENT PROGRESS AS PART OF OUR QUARTERLY UPDATE, NEXT SIDE ON THE UTILITY WATER LOSS CONTROL FRONT.

UM, WE CONTINUE TO A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF ACTIVITIES, UM, TO TRY TO IMPROVE OUR WATER LOSS CONTROL STRATEGY.

WE SURVEYED OVER 450 MILES OF PIPE FOR LEAKS AND RESPONDED TO OVER 80% OF PRIORITY ONE LEAKS AND LESS THAN THREE HOURS.

THAT METRIC, WE DID GET A LITTLE BIT OF A DANE FROM THE FEBRUARY WINTER STORM WHERE WE EXPERIENCED A HIGHER THAN NORMAL NUMBER OF LEAKS IN A SMALL PERIOD OF TIME.

UM, WE'LL NOTE THAT OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, OUR INFRASTRUCTURE LEAKAGE INDEX HAS BEEN HIGHER THAN DESIRED.

GIVEN THE UTILITIES EFFORTS ON WATER LOSS REDUCTION STRATEGIES.

HOWEVER, OUR WATER LOSS ILI HAS BEEN WITHIN THE T WDB RECOMMENDED RANGE OF 3.0 TO 5.0.

THERE ARE, UH, THERE IS SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WITHIN THE REPORT ON OUR WATER LOSS ACTIVITIES, UM, AND ON OUR, UM, WATER LOSS ILI FOR THIS PAST YEAR.

UM, THE, UH, ESTIMATE THAT WE WILL BE SUBMITTING OR HAVE SUBMITTED TO TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD WAS 3.864, FYI, UH, 21.

AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD IS MOVING AWAY FROM ILI AS A METRIC.

UM, I MEAN, AUSTIN CAN USE WHATEVER AUSTIN USES, BUT, UM, JUST ONE OF THE REASONS BEING THAT IT'S A LITTLE UNCLEAR WHAT IT MEANS.

I MEAN, IT'S NOT, IT'S VERY CLEAR TO PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THAT OUR WATER LOSS PEOPLE AND UTILITY MANAGERS, BUT AS FAR AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WHAT'D YOU SAY, I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.

YEAH.

WELL, CASE IN POINT RIGHT THERE, ROBERT KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS.

DAN KNOWS WHAT IT MEANS.

SOME OTHER PEOPLE DO.

DOES THE AUSTIN USE ILI? I MEAN, WILL IT CONTINUE USING ILI AS A METRIC? UH, I THINK THAT OUR WATER LOSS STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO USE ILI AS A METRIC.

IT IS ONE OF OUR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, UM, THAT WE DO REPORT, UH, HOWEVER THE CALCULATION IS DONE ON A VOLUME METRIC BASIS.

SO THERE'S LOTS OF OTHER INFORMATION AND METRICS THAT WE COULD USE, WE CAN SLICE AND DICE IT.

HOWEVER, WE'D LIKE TO PRESENT THAT IN A MORE CLEAR WAY.

YEAH.

I WOULD JUST ADD THAT.

I MEAN, AS WE CONTINUE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF UTILITY SIDE WATER LOSS AND WE CONTINUE OUR EFFORTS, UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA, WE'RE GOING TO END UP CONTINUING TO USE A VARIETY OF METRICS.

I MEAN, I THINK WE'LL CONTINUE TO REPORT OUT ILI THAT CONTINUES TO BE A BEST PRACTICES METRIC, UH, FROM AWW, A HOWEVER WE DO RECOGNIZE IT'S, IT'S, IT'S VERY COMPLEX AND PROBABLY A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO IMMEDIATELY REACT AND KIND OF INTERNALIZE THAT FROM A PUBLIC PERSPECTIVE.

SO, UM, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE ALL THAT INTO ACCOUNT.

UM, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS, YOU KNOW, ACROSS THE UTILITY.

WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO EXPLORE ON KIND OF THE OVERALL TOPIC OF WATER LOSS CONTROL.

UM, SO YES, WE'LL CONTINUE TO USE IT, BUT WE ARE GOING TO, I THINK, CONTINUE TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE COMMUNICATING, IT'S CLEAR AWAY AS WE CAN ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS WATER LOSS? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? YOU KNOW, HOW, HOW ARE OUR EFFORTS RESULTING IN IMPROVEMENT OF FIREWALLS? AND THINK, UH, IF I HEARD CORRECTLY THAT THE WATER VELVET BOARDS CONSIDERING, UH, WAS A GALLONS PER CONNECTION.

YEP.

THAT'S RIGHT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

SO I GUESS, I MEAN, I THINK AS THE UTILITY, MY SENSE IS THAT, UM, MORE AND MORE COMMUNICATION ABOUT PROGRAMS AND EVEN PROGRAMS

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THAT FORMERLY, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN'T GENERALLY TELL THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT NOT FOR ANY REASON, EXCEPT FOR LIKE, IT WAS TOO MUCH INFORMATION ALMOST.

UM, BUT, UM, BUT I THINK THAT TIME IS, IS OVER AND THAT WE'RE TALKING MORE FULLY AND CLEARLY ABOUT ALL THE WAYS THAT WE'RE MANAGING WATER SUPPLY.

AT LEAST I HOPE WE ARE.

AND, AND LOOKING AT WATER LOSS IS A HUGE ONE.

AND BEING ABLE TO DESCRIBE WHAT WE'RE DOING, UM, AND, AND WHAT OUR PERFORMANCE METRICS ARE, WAS SOMETHING THAT, UM, REGULAR PEOPLE.

AND I COUNT MYSELF IN THAT CAN UNDERSTAND, UM, AS YOU KNOW, VERY IMPORTANT, I DON'T THINK ILI GETS US THERE.

I'M NOT SAYING DON'T USE IT.

I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, CALL IT OUT AS A, AS A, THERE'S A CERTAIN SEGMENT OF FOLKS THAT UNDERSTAND THAT.

YEAH.

I THINK THAT JUST HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH, UH, I MEAN, YEAH, AS A METRIC LOSS FOR CONNECTION AT THIS POINT, BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE A CONNECTION, I GUESS IT'S, UH, YOU KNOW, THESE METRICS ARE INTENDED REALLY TO COMPARE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES, BUT IT IS BIASED TOWARDS URBAN COMMUNITIES.

IF YOU'RE A RURAL COMMUNITY WITH WATER LINES, MUCH GREATER LOSS PER CONNECTION.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO POINT TAKEN, IT'S NOT INTENDED TO BE FROM COMMUNITY COMMUNITY, AND I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE USED THAT WAY, BUT I THINK IT, ESPECIALLY IF AUSTIN IS REALLY BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT REPORTING ANNUALLY TO DECISION MAKERS, TO THE PUBLIC, TO THE CUSTOMERS AND THE COMMUNITY THAT, THAT, THAT ARE SERVED, UM, THEN, THEN IT BECOMES A WAY TO BENCHMARK FROM YEAR TO YEAR AND ALSO TO DO SOME EDUCATION THAT THESE THINGS, WATER LOSS, AND LOOKING AT WATER LOSS IS NOT NECESSARILY LIKE A, IT'S A LONGER, IT'S A LONG PLAY, YOU KNOW, AND THINGS HAPPEN.

WEATHER HAPPENS WITH, YOU KNOW, ANYWAY, I DON'T WANT TO GET TOO FAR DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, BUT YEAH, I'VE MENTIONED, AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN, BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE UPDATING THE ESTIMATED YIELD FROM THE WATERFORD 18 STRATEGIES AS PART OF THE UPDATE TO THE PLAN AND UPDATING OUR ESTIMATES OF FUTURE SAVINGS AS WELL.

SO WE'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT EACH ONE OF THESE STRATEGIES AND THEIR POTENTIAL YIELD.

UH, GO AHEAD AND GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, OKAY.

AND, UH, ALTERNATIVE WATER ORDINANCES AND WATER USE BENCHMARKING.

LIKE I MENTIONED, THE, UM, CITY COUNCIL APPROVED OUR REQUIREMENTS FOR ESTABLISHING THAT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS. I THINK WE WERE THE SECOND CITY IN THE NATION TO HAVE, UM, THAT TYPE OF REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS, RIGHT AFTER SAN FRANCISCO.

UM, THEY ALSO APPROVE REQUIREMENTS TO REQUIRE WATER BENCHMARKING SUBMITTALS WITH NEW SITE PLANS.

UM, THOSE WATER BENCHMARKING SUBMITTALS HELP US TO ESTIMATE WATER USE FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

UM, THEY ALSO APPROVED AN ONSITE WATER REUSE MANDATE FOR LARGE DEVELOPMENTS.

THOSE THAT ARE GREATER THAN 250,000 SQUARE FEET IN SIZE.

UM, AND THAT'S AGAIN FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS EXTENSION OF THE RECLAIM WATER CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS, THE CURRENT RECLAIM WATER CONNECTION REQUIREMENTS.

DO YOU HAVE A TECHNOLOGY ISSUE WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH? CAN YOU HEAR ME? YEAH, YOU CAN HEAR ME ON THE SPEAKERS, BUT HE SAYS HE CAN'T HEAR ME IN THE CONTROL ROOM.

HELLO.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OKAY.

EAT THE MIC WORKING SO HARD.

UM, I'LL JUST MENTION, WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS, UM, IN THE QUARTERLY REPORT, BUT OUR STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE PROCESSES TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

NEXT SLIDE, UM, INCENTIVES, WE'VE IMPLEMENTED A $1 MILLION PILOT INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS. WE HAVE RECEIVED, UM, OUR FIRST APPLICATION, I THINK THAT IS STILL IN REVIEW.

UM, AND WE ALSO IMPLEMENTED THAT VOLUNTARY RECLAIM WATER CONNECTION INCENTIVE AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, IT'S FOR SEWER MINING AND PRIVATE BLACKWATER SYSTEMS. UM, WE CONTINUE OUR STAFF AND THE ONSITE WATER REUSE TEAM CONTINUES TO SUPPORT LARGE VOLUME CUSTOMERS, FEASIBILITY DESIGN, AND IMPLEMENTATION EFFORTS FOR POSSIBLE SEWER MINING, UM, PROJECTS.

AND, UM, AUSTIN WATER HAS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE TEXAS WATER CONSERVATION ASSOCIATIONS EFFORTS TO, UM, INITIATE SOME CHANGES TO ADMINISTRATIVE RULES, TO ALLOW FOR PERMITTING OF NON MUNICIPAL BLACKWATER SYSTEMS. THERE ARE SOME REGULATORY CHALLENGES THERE.

I THINK A GOOD NUMBER OF Y'ALL ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT, AND WE'RE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESS TO TRY TO, UM, MAKE THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE FEASIBLE.

UM, WE HAVE ALSO,

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UH, BUILT AND CONSTRUCTED AND ARE, HAVE COMMISSIONED HAVE FINISHED COMMISSIONING, UH, THE, UM, ONSITE WATER REUSE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT, OSCAR AND CLARA AT THE CITY'S NEW PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

AND I THINK THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS Y'ALL SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A SAVE THE DATE, UM, TO CELEBRATE THAT, UM, PILOT SYSTEM.

OOH, YAY.

TINY CELEBRATION.

I HAVE A CAT NAMED CLARA.

OH, NO.

SHE COULD BE A CLOSED LOOP.

OH, ADVANCED RECLAIMED ASSEMBLY.

AND SO IF, IF SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T GET THAT, THAT INVITATION, UM, JAY NELL SENT IT OUT, SO THAT'LL BE GOOD.

EVERYONE MAKES SURE AND, YOU KNOW, FLUSH TOILETS WHILE YOU'RE THERE AND STUFF THAT FEED THE SYSTEM AND THE FIRST SYSTEM OF ITS TYPE IN TYPE IN TEXAS, I BELIEVE IT IS AS FAR AS I'M AWARE OF IT IS.

UM, AND I GUESS DON'T HOLD ME TO IT.

THERE MAY BE SOME NICHE SYSTEMS SOMEWHERE, BUT AS FAR AS I KNOW IT IS.

YEAH.

GREAT.

AND NEXT SITE.

OKAY.

UM, THESE ARE JUST SOME STATS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR DECENTRALIZED AND RECLAIM SYSTEMS AND FYI 21 OR DECENTRALIZED RECLAIM FACILITY PROVIDED APPROXIMATELY 457 ACRE FEET OF RECLAIMED WATER TO MEET IRRIGATION DEMAND FOR GOLF COURSES.

AND, UM, IN THE SAME YEAR, THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM SYSTEM DELIVERED 4,441 ACRE FEET OF NON-POTABLE WATER.

UM, THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM SYSTEM CONTINUES TO OUTPERFORM, UH, WHEN IT COMES TO OUR METRICS AND OUR GOALS AND TARGETS FOR THE WATERFORD PLAN.

UM, I'LL ALSO MENTION THAT, UH, UH, DAN AND HIS TEAM, UH, CONTINUED TO, UH, IMPLEMENT COMPLETE SEVERAL COMPONENTS OF THE UTILITIES COMPLETING THE CORE PLAN.

AND THEN WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE LATER ABOUT THE, UM, CENTRALIZED RECLAIM SYSTEM AS A WHOLE IN DAN'S PRESENTATION.

NEXT SLIDE, UM, AQUIFER, STORAGE AND RECOVERY.

WE EXECUTED AND KICKED OFF A CONTRACT WITH A NATIONAL ENGINEERING FIRM, HDR AS WELL AS, UM, SUB-CONSULTANTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

AND, UM, WE CONVENED AN ASR TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP, UM, FROM, WITH EXPERTS, UH, ABOUT ASR FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HELP US WITH OUR IMPLEMENTATION EFFORTS.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN, UM, FYI TONIO AND METRICS.

YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT OUR POPULATION ESTIMATE, PORTABLE PUMP EDGE, POTABLE GPCD.

YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE ARE TBDS TO BE DETERMINED FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF OUR, UM, WATERFORD STRATEGIES.

LIKE I MENTIONED, WE'RE UPDATING THE YIELD ESTIMATES AND SAVINGS ESTIMATES, UM, FOR ALL OF OUR WATER 18 STRATEGIES THIS SUMMER.

AND, UM, BY EARLY FALL, LIKELY BY THE SEPTEMBER, UH, TASKFORCE MEETING WE'LL HAVE UPDATED INFORMATION TO PROVIDE THERE, UM, FOR YIELD FOR ALL OF THOSE STRATEGIES.

THERE'S JUST A, IS KIND OF A, A LARGER LIFT TO TRY TO ESTIMATE THAT, UH, YIELD.

AND AS WE HAVE THOSE YIELDS ESTIMATED, THEN WE'LL BE UPDATING, UM, INFORMATION.

UH, LIKE I MENTIONED, WE'VE GOT SOME YIELDS INCORPORATED FOR THE DISTRIBUTED WASTEWATER SYSTEM AND THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM WATER SYSTEM, UM, BEATING GAR OUR TARGETS, UM, THAT WE HAD SET FOR, UM, UH, 20, 25 DISTRIBUTED WASTEWATER REUSE AND ALMOST THERE FOR 2025 CENTRALIZED RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEM YIELD.

AND I THINK THAT'S IT.

IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

AND I'LL JUST NOTE THAT THE NEXT PRESENTATION IS A QUARTERLY REPORT.

SO FROM THIS YEAR PAST QUARTER, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH, SO THAT QUARTERLY REPORT HAS MORE UPDATE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS ON THOSE STRATEGIES.

SO I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS NOW, OR I CAN PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THROUGH THAT QUARTERLY REPORT PRESENTATION.

WHY DON'T WE LET YOU DO THE QUARTERLY REPORT, THEN WE'LL HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION AND WE CAN ASK QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

SOUNDS GOOD.

OKAY.

UM, SO WE'LL TEE UP THAT PRESENTATION.

UM, I, WE HAVE REVAMPED THE QUARTERLY REPORT FORMAT PREVIOUSLY.

IT WAS KIND OF LIKE IN A, UH, A TWO PAGE PRESENTATION.

NOW IT'S FOUR.

UM, THE GOAL WAS TO TRY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE VISUALLY APPEALING AND I FAILED MISERABLY.

UM, BUT IT DOES PROVIDE, UH, SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT WE WERE HOPING TO PROVIDE, UM, UH, TO KIND OF ROUND OUT HOW WE'RE TRACKING AND REPORTING PROGRESS.

SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, LET'S SEE.

OKAY.

JUST SOME FOR SOME WAYFINDING FOR THIS REPORT ON THE TOP LEFT SIDE IS A TOP LEFT SIDE OF EACH OF THESE BOXES

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IS THE NAME OF THE STRATEGY OR INITIATIVE UNDER, FOR EXAMPLE, LET'S JUST TAKE THE WATER FOR 2024 FIRST ORANGE BOX.

UM, THE, UH, LANGUAGE DIRECTLY UNDERNEATH THE TITLE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE STRATEGY OR INITIATIVE, UM, UNDERNEATH THAT THE Q2 PROGRESS IS THAT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRESS WITHIN THAT QUARTER.

AND THE SECOND COLUMN, AGAIN, MOVING UP TO THE TOP ACTUAL VERSUS PLAN PROGRESS.

WE'VE GOT KIND OF, UM, A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS THERE ON SCHEDULE OR DELAYED.

AND IF YOU SEE A DELAYED IN THERE, WE TRIED TO INCLUDE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF WHY THAT DELAY HAS OCCURRED, UM, UNDERNEATH THAT CURRENT SLASH PLANNED Q3 ACTIVITIES.

UM, THAT JUST GIVES YOU A SENSE OF WHAT WE ARE PLANNING TO ACCOMPLISH WITHIN THE NEXT QUARTER.

UH, GOING UP TO THE TOP ON THE THIRD COLUMN, F Y TWENTY-TWO Q2 STATS, I'VE IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF, WE'VE IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF STATS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE TRACKING OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.

THEY ARE CONTEXT SPECIFIC TO THE STRATEGY.

AND, UM, FOR SOME STRATEGIES, THERE'S AN AN N A, UM, IF THERE ARE NO STEPS TO REPORT AT THIS TIME, SECOND ROW OF THE THIRD COLUMN, FUTURE IMPLEMENTATION STEPS, TRACK SOME OF THE BIGGER PICTURE, LONGER TERM MILESTONES THAT WE'RE OUTLINING FOR EACH STRATEGY.

UM, SO IN FOR THE WATERFORD 2024 UPDATE, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND SKIP THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE A WHOLE NOTHER SET OF PRESENTATION SLIDES ON THAT TOPIC TO GO DOWN TO MY ATX WATER.

SOME OF THE KEY UPDATES THERE ARE THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INSTALLS TO AROUND 42,000 THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM.

UM, AND WE HAVE A CUSTOMER PORTAL ADOPTION RATE OF AROUND 32% COMPARED, UH, TO KIND OF A NATIONAL AVERAGE OF, OR OTHER WATER SMART CLIENTS.

THAT'S AROUND 25%.

WE'VE BEEN DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER THERE, METER SURVEYS AND INSTALLS ARE GOING TO BE CONTINUING AROUND AUSTIN.

AND THERE'S ALSO GOING TO BE A SUMMER MARKETING PUSH TO GET MORE PORTAL SIGN-UPS.

UM, UH, AS WE KIND OF MOVE INTO THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS, THE OVERALL GOAL IS TO REPLACE ABOUT 250,000 ANALOG METERS WITHIN OUR SYSTEM.

SO THAT'S ALL OF THE METERS WITHIN OUR SYSTEM, AND WE ANTICIPATE COMPLETION BY FY 2025, UM, THE ACTUAL VERSUS PLANNED PROJECT YOU'LL NOTE THAT THAT IS A LITTLE BIT DELAYED, UM, THAT, UH, KIND OF THE EXPLANATION THERE IS THAT OUR CONTRACTOR HAD DIFFICULTIES HIRING, UH, METER INSTALLERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROJECT.

AND WE'VE EXPERIENCED VARIOUS KIND OF EVENTS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THAT HAS DELAYED SOME OF THE PROGRESS OF DOING THOSE INSTALLS, UM, ON THE NEXT STRATEGY THAT IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPE ORDINANCE, UH, THE PROGRESS FOR THE PAST QUARTER, WE'VE CONDUCTED STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS FOR INTERNAL, EXTERNAL AND PUBLIC GROUPS.

UH, WE HAVE, UH, LAUNCHED OUR SPEAK-UP BOSTON PAGE AND IT BEGAN COLLECTING SURVEY RESPONSES AND HAVE COLLECTED ABOUT 173 SURVEY RESPONSES.

SO FAR AMY QUARTER TWO.

UM, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE CONTINUING TO MEET WITH, UH, ADDITIONAL STAKEHOLDERS AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL PUBLIC MEETINGS TOGETHER INPUT, UM, THAT, UH, STRATEGY IS PLANNED FOR COMPLETION AND FYI 2023.

AND I THINK THERE'S SOME DRAFT ORDINANCE LANGUAGE THAT'S PLANNED TO BE PRESENTED THIS SUMMER AS PART OF THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS.

AND Y'ALL ARE ON THE LIST.

NOW, THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS ARE ON THE LIST NOW FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND INFORMATION.

YEAH.

EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THAT.

THERE IS A STAKEHOLDER MEETING TONIGHT AT SIX.

YEP.

AND THEN ONE ON THURSDAY, LIKE AT NOON OR ONE, I BELIEVE SAME MEETINGS, BUT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT IN THEIR INBOX.

YEP.

THANK YOU ALL FOR DOING THAT COMMUNICATIONS LOOK REALLY GOOD TO US.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

FOR ONSITE, UH, THE CODE CHANGES THAT WE DISCUSSED ONSITE, WATER RESISTANCE, BENCHMARKING AND RECLAIMED, UH, CODE CHANGES.

UH, STAFF HAS BEGAN DRAFTING THE MANDATORY ONSITE WATER REUSE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND MODELING INPUTS AND PACKS FOR DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENT TOPOLOGIES, AND ARE CONSIDERING CONTINUING OUR ENGAGEMENT WITH THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS THE APPROACH, TO DEVELOP THE AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT THAT WILL NEED TO BE DELIVERED TO THE CITY MANAGER AND ULTIMATELY COUNCIL IN SEPTEMBER OF 2023.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH OUR CITY OF AUSTIN STAKEHOLDERS, UM, ON THAT MANDATORY PROGRAM, UH, LANGUAGE, UM, AND WORKING WITH OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS ON, ON SPECIFICS THERE.

UM, WE'RE ALSO PLANNING FOR FUTURE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STEPS.

UM, AS WE GET FURTHER ALONG AND CLOSER

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TO THE, UH, 2023 IMPLEMENTATION TIMEFRAME, UM, ON THE THAT'S FOR THE SPECIFIC KIND OF SUITE OF CODE CHANGES.

NOW THERE'S ANOTHER BOOK THAT'S KIND OF JUST MORE ADDRESSING THE ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION, AND THE ALIGNMENT WITH OUR REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, UM, STAFF HAS CONTINUED TO REVIEW ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS, APPLICATIONS THAT COME IN, THEY'RE ENGAGING WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THEY'VE ALSO, UM, REVIEWED WATER BENCHMARKING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL SITE PLANS THAT WERE SUBMITTED AFTER DECEMBER 1ST, 2021, WHEN THAT BECAME A REQUIREMENT.

UM, WE ARE LIKE MENTIONED, LIKE I MENTIONED, UM, WORKING TOWARDS, UH, THAT, UM, CELEBRATION FOR THE OSCAR AND CLARA COMMISSIONING.

AND THEN, UM, WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WATER BENCHMARKING APPLICATION PROCESS TO KIND OF STREAMLINE THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING REALLY RELEVANT INFORMATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY, UM, FUTURE IMPLEMENTATION STEPS.

WE'VE GOT SOME TARGETS THERE FOR PILOT INCENTIVE FUNDS.

AND THEN, UM, WE ARE ALSO COLLABORATING WITH OTHERS TO DEVELOP A NATIONAL ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM OPERATOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, UM, AND KIND OF LIKE LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE.

IS THAT BEING A NECESSARY COMPONENT FOR KIND OF HAVING THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THESE SYSTEMS OVER TIME? NEXT SIDE, I'M TRYING TO MOVE THROUGH THIS EXPEDITIOUSLY BECAUSE IT'S EITHER THRILLING OR SUPER BORING.

IT'S HARD.

OKAY.

UM, DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED OUR STAFF INTERNALLY HAS BEEN PREPARING DRAFT DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED AREA PLANS.

THIS IS A KEY COMPONENT TO MAKING SURE THAT THESE SYSTEMS ACTUALLY GET IMPLEMENTED AS KIND OF LIKE IDENTIFYING THE AREAS THAT COULD BE SERVED WITH THIS, UM, DECENTRALIZED RECLAIM WATER, UM, AND KIND OF WHAT THE SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS WOULD LOOK LIKE.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING THOSE INFRASTRUCTURE PLANS AND INCORPORATING THAT INTO OUR, OUR LONG, UM, PLAN, UH, LONG RANGE PLANNING AND OTHER, UM, UH, PLANNING PROCESSES.

UM, THAT'LL, UH, FOLD RIGHT INTO OUR, UH, CENTRALIZED RECLAIM MODE.

THOSE THINGS HAVE TO BE KIND OF CONSIDERED IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER, UM, UH, ON THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM FRONT.

I THINK I WILL GO AHEAD AND SKIP THAT ONE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A PRESENTATION ON THAT ONE.

OKAY.

SO THEN YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

I'LL GO FOR STORAGE AND RECOVERY IS OUR LAST UPDATE HERE.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, FINALIZE THAT HIGH LEVEL STORAGE ZONE SCREENING.

WE'RE WORKING ON THE DETAILED STORAGE ZONE ANALYSIS.

WE'RE WORKING ON INTEGRATION POINT ANALYSIS.

SO HOW WOULD THAT INTEGRATE TO OUR WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM? WE PERFORM TWO DIFFERENT COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS.

WE'VE GIVEN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PRESENTATIONS TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND WE ARE CONTINUING OUR EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY, UH, ROADMAPPING AND TOOL DEVELOPMENT.

AND WE'LL ALSO BE CONTINUING OUR WORK ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLANNING GIVEN THE, IN THE COMING MONTHS.

UM, AND I THINK, WELL, LET'S GO TO THE NEXT SIDE AND SEE IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS.

YEAH.

DO FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS? I'VE GOT A COUPLE, BUT WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU, JAY? NOW THIS IS JUST THE BARE MINIMUM.

YOU DO LOTS OF OTHER STUFF.

BESIDES REMIND ME TO PUSH THIS BUTTON.

I'D ALSO JUST WANT TO SAY, UM, ALL RIGHT.

DOES DO FOLKS HAVE QUESTIONS? ALL I SEE IS SQUARES RIGHT NOW.

SO COME OFF MUTE OR WAVE YOUR HAND.

ROBERT.

UM, I GUESS, I GUESS I REQUEST THESE, UH, THESE ANNUAL REPORTS ARE USEFUL AND, UM, AND I DON'T SEE WHERE WE PUT THOSE ONLINE.

I SUSPECT THEY'RE PROBABLY CERTAINLY SHOW UP LIKE THE MEETING STUFF.

UM, I WOULD REQUEST THAT ON OUR, ON THE WATER FORWARD WEBPAGE, WHERE WE LIST THE WATER PLAN, WE SHOULD GO AHEAD AND POST THOSE ANNUAL REPORTS THERE.

SO IT'S KIND OF CLOSE TO THE REPORT.

SO WHEN PEOPLE ARE KIND OF LOOKING, LOOKING FOR THAT, THEY CAN FIND IT PERHAPS MORE EASILY THAN WHEREVER THEY'RE AT NOW, BECAUSE I'VE POKED AROUND A LITTLE BIT.

I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T COME ACROSS WHERE A, WHERE THESE ANNUAL REPORTS ARE.

YEAH.

THAT IS A GREAT POINT.

I THINK WE CAN PUT THOSE IN A LITTLE BIT EASIER PLACE.

THEY ARE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE, BUT YOU HAVE TO SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WEBSITE, GO TO THE RIGHT, TO THE LITTLE GRAY BOX ON THE VERY BOTTOM AND CLICK LEARN ABOUT WATERFORD.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE ANNUAL REPORTS ARE.

SO WE'LL WORK WITH OUR, OUR TEAM THAT DOES THE WEBSITE UPDATES TO GET THOSE PUT INTO AN EASIER TO FIND LOCATION.

UM, I GO TO THE WATERFORD WEBSITE AT AUSTIN WATER TO TRY TO FIND STUFF.

AND IT IS HARD BECAUSE

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WE, AND THE THING IS, IS WE HAVE SO MUCH GREAT INFORMATION THAT IT WOULD BE REALLY AWESOME IF IT WAS, BUT THAT'S, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A LITTLE MICROMANAGING ON MY PART.

SO, YOU KNOW, I ALSO KNOW TO GO LOOK AT THE TASK FORCE, IF YOU KNOW, WHAT THE LONG NAME IS AND GO FIND THE MEETING MATERIALS, WHICH IS HOW I USUALLY FIND STUFF.

BUT, UM, BUT THAT'S NOT, NOT STRAIGHTFORWARD.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT AUSTIN WATER, THAT THERE'S A BUNCH OF WEBSITE SHIFTING AROUND AND BUILDING STUFF HAPPENING TOO.

SO, I MEAN, IT LOOKS TO ME JUST A SUGGESTION IS YOU COULD EASILY COMBINE THE MAIN PAGE THAT, UH, LEARNED ABOUT WATER FORWARD OR ABOUT THIS PAGE.

UM, REALLY QUICK.

I HATE TO BE THE BAD PERSON, BUT I KNOW WE'RE IN BETWEEN PRES PRESENTATIONS.

SO THAT'S PROBABLY WHY FOLKS DON'T HAVE THEIR CAMERA ON.

YEAH.

I WAS GOING TO SAY THAT WE NEED A CAMERA'S ON GET AHEAD.

WE'RE NOT PRESENTING.

I'M SORRY.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE YOUR CAMERA ON, WE CAN'T COUNT YOU AS PRESENT AND THEN WE MIGHT NOT HAVE A QUORUM.

OH.

AND THEN JANE NELL GETS IN TROUBLE.

OKAY.

WELL, THAT'S WHAT I HEARD.

SO WE DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

ALRIGHT.

UM, OKAY.

QUESTIONS.

I PUT STARS NEXT TO STUFF.

NOW LET'S SEE IF I CAN REMEMBER WHAT MY QUESTION WAS.

UM, THE NATIONAL ONSITE WATER REUSE OPERATOR CERTIFICATION DOES THAT EXIST, AND WE'RE JUST TRYING TO BRING IT TO AUSTIN OR IS AUSTIN REALIZING THE NEED AND TRYING TO DEVELOP SOMETHING, REALIZING THE NEED AND TRYING TO DEVELOP SOMETHING WITH OTHER, UM, NATIONAL PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS.

OKAY.

THAT'S GREAT.

UM, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT'S KEEPS ME AWAKE AT NIGHT, SOMEWHAT.

THERE'S OTHER STUFF ON THE LIST, BUT THAT'S ONE OF THEM.

SO, UM, YEAH, I THINK THAT'S REALLY GREAT LOVE TO HEAR THAT.

UM, AND THE, UM, THE ONSITE WATER REUSE ORDINANCE, UM, AND THE EVALUATION OF IT.

UM, I KNOW THAT MERISSA, YOU KNOW, THIS AND JNL, BUT, UM, CHARLENE AND I, UM, CHARLENE THE PAST CHAIR REALLY, REALLY, UM, WHEN, WHEN THIS WAS GOING THROUGH AND WE'RE, THERE'S TALK ABOUT THE AFFORDABILITY AND THE AFFORDABILITY IMPACT STATEMENT.

UM, WE HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS AND SOME RESEARCH THAT WE'VE DONE FOR KIND OF HOW TO DO THIS, THAT WE'LL SHARE WITH THE TASK FORCE.

UM, AND, UM, WE'RE ALSO WORKING TO SHARE IT WITH THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT IS WHAT IT'S CALLED NOW.

UM, PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT OR ANYTHING TO DEVELOP IS THE NAME OF THE BUILDING.

OH YEAH.

THE BUILDING IS PERMITTING AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER.

IT'S NOT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANYMORE THOUGH, RIGHT? YEAH.

I'M NARROWING OCCUPIES THE DEPARTMENT THAT PRIMARILY OCCUPIES THAT LOCATION IS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

WHO'S DOING THE AFFORDABILITY AFFORDABILITY IS HOUSING AND PLANNING.

YEAH.

I WASN'T EVEN PLANNING.

THAT'S WHAT IT'S CALLED.

OKAY.

YEP.

UM, WE'D LIKE TO SHARE KIND OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WITH THE TASK FORCE AND THEN ALSO WITH HOUSING AND PLANNING, WE'VE SHARED THEM, BUT, UM, IT DOESN'T, WE CAN DO THAT LIKE IN A SUBCOMMITTEE OR SOMETHING, BUT WE'VE LOOKED AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH ON-SITE REUSE AND HAVE A BUNCH OF CASE STUDIES AND THEN RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO DO THIS ANALYSIS BECAUSE, UM, AND OF COURSE, HOUSING AND PLANNING HAS THEIR WAY THEY DO IT.

BUT, UM, WITH THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU REALLY NEED TO LOOK AT KIND OF THE LONGTERM BENEFITS INSTEAD OF JUST AS A COST TO BUILD IT.

UM, WHICH CONCERNS ME IF THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENS, BECAUSE THEN IT'S GONNA, WELL, IT'S PROBLEMATIC FOR LOTS OF REASONS IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING AT THAT.

UM, THE OTHER THING THAT I WAS GOING TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT WAS FROM, UM, THE FISCAL YEAR 21 UPDATE, BUT, BUT THE, UM, INCENTIVE PROGRAM FOR ONSITE WATER REUSE AND THE BENCHMARKING AND HOW THAT'S ALL GOING, I WOULD LOVE TO KIND OF, NOW THAT IT'S BEEN ROLLING FOR A LITTLE WHILE FOR THE TASK FORCE TO GET, UM, A LITTLE BIT OF A DEEP DIVE ON HOW IT'S GOING FROM KATHERINE AND ROBERT OR WHOEVER THE APPROPRIATE FOLKS ARE AT, UM, A FUTURE TASKFORCE MEAN, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT NEEDS TO BE ON AN IMPLEMENTATION SUBCOMMITTEE OR IF THE FULL TASK FORCE WANTS TO HEAR IT, BUT WE CAN PUT THAT OUT THERE BECAUSE THAT'S A HUGE COMPONENT, THIS, THIS PILOT PART OF IT.

UM, AND I KNOW AUSTIN WATERS HELPING UNTIL, YOU KNOW, LEARN AND DEVELOP THE PROGRAM, BUT THE TASK FORCE NEEDS TO HEAR ABOUT IT AS WELL, TOO.

SO NOW THAT WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF TIME, GOOD TO SEE HOW THAT'S GOING.

YEAH.

WE HAVE A GOOD NUMBER OF TASK FORCE MEMBERS HERE.

I WONDER IF WE COULD SEE A SHOW OF HANDS IF THEY WOULD WANT THAT PRESENTATION AT THE FULL EDIT FULL TASK FORCE MEETING OR WHETHER WE WOULD WANT THAT PRESENTATION AT AN IMPLEMENTATION SESSION.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO THE QUESTION,

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IF WE HAVE A PRESENTATION ON THAT, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE VOLUNTARY PERIOD WITH THE ONSITE WATER REUSE, UM, PILOT, PILOT, PILOT PERIOD, UM, THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM, THE REAL, THE BIG INCENTIVE PROGRAM THAT'S UNDERWAY, THE BENCHMARKING WHO'S BEEN SUBMITTING BENCHMARKING, HOW'S THE INTERACT, HOW THE MEETINGS WITH THE DEVELOPERS GOING, UM, DOES, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT THE WHOLE GROUP WANTS TO HEAR OR, OR SUBCOMMITTEE LEVEL? UM, IF YOU WANT THE WHOLE, IF YOU WANT TO, HOW DO WE DO THIS, IF YOU WANT IT TO BE PART OF THE FULL, UM, WATERFORD TASK TASKFORCE MEETING, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND OR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

OKAY.

YUP.

FULL TASK FORCE MEETING.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM ALL OF THAT INFORMATION THAT MERISSA JUST PRESENTED? UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THAT WAS GREAT.

YEAH.

LOTS OF, LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENING.

YEAH.

UM, THE OTHER THING ON IMPLEMENTATION, WAIT, YEAH.

IMPLEMENTATION IS MAYBE WHEN, WHEN WE DO THAT PRESENTATION, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT THE BIRDIE OAKS PUD.

UM, I'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT OF CHATTER ABOUT IT.

I KNOW BOBBY'S INVOLVED IN IT, SOME OTHER PEOPLE, UM, THAT IS A VERY POTENTIALLY, I DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT POTENTIALLY VERY GOOD CASE STUDY TO TALK ABOUT HOW THAT'S GOING.

OKAY.

WE'LL SEE.