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[00:00:04]

MEETING

[CALL TO ORDER]

TO ORDER.

UM, CHAIRMAN WALKER IS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT, SO I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND RUN THE MEETING TODAY.

UM, YOU ALL CALL THE ROLL, I GUESS.

I SEE HONEY.

UM, SARAH, BILL MORIARTY, UM, VANESSA.

OH MY GOSH, I'M FORGETTING YOUR NAME.

I'M SORRY.

PAUL, MYSELF.

AND WE DO HAVE A QUORUM, CORRECT? OH, MADELINE, SARAH.

OKAY.

SO I CAN'T SEE EVERYBODY AT THE SAME TIME THEN.

IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE? I TOO WENT TO THE WRONG PLACE.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

.

AT LEAST WE AT LEAST WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES.

ALL RIGHT.

UM,

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

ARE THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS? I'VE GOT ONE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

I GUESS, YEAH.

PUBLIC COMMENT OR YEAH, YEAH.

YEAH.

JUST PRESS THE BUTTON WITH A LITTLE DUDE ON IT OR DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER OR TASK FORCE MEMBERS? THIS IS BOBBY LAVINSKY WITH SAFE SPRINGS ALLIANCE.

I'M HERE MOSTLY TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE COMMENTS THAT WERE POSTED BY THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS ON THE, UM, UH, THE WATER FORWARD UPDATE PLAN.

UM, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE'RE AT WITH, UH, THE CURRENT CRISIS IS, UM, THAT WE NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO IT.

UM, THE, UH, THE FACT THAT WE DID NOT REACH OUR GALLONS PER CAP PER DAY GOALS IS AN INDICATION THAT WE NEED TO BE PUSHING HARDER, NOT, NOT BACKTRACKING.

I THINK THAT, UM, COMMISSIONER F'S COMMENT, UH, A COUPLE MONTHS AGO ABOUT SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE WATERING GANG BEING A STANDARD AS YOUR TRASH PICKUP DAY MAKES A LOT OF SENSE.

THAT'S THE TYPE OF DIRECTION THAT WE NEED TO BE GOING WITH COMMUNITY.

UM, ADVOCACY.

I THINK WE'VE KIND OF MISSED THE MARK A. LITTLE BIT ON THE PUBLIC CONVERSATION OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS.

UM, AND WE'VE, WE'VE SLIPPED FROM THE, UM, URGENCY THAT OUR DROUGHT CONDITIONS ARE REQUIRING.

UM, I'VE ALSO BEEN SERVING ON THE COST OF SERVICE STUDY.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION, UH, TOWARDS THE END OF THAT PROCESS ABOUT, UH, INCREASING DROUGHT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR, UM, COMMERCIAL USERS, PARTICULARLY WITH, UM, IRRIGATION RATES.

AND I THINK THAT'S THE DIRECTION WE NEED TO BE GOING.

UH, WE NEED TO BE PUSHING STRONGER ON GETTING, UH, TURFS SWITCHED OVER ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, UM, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE LANDOWNERS OF THOSE PROPERTIES, NOT NECESSARILY THE TENANTS.

UM, BUT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE PARTICIPATING IN, UH, REDUCING OUR WATER NEEDS SO WE DON'T HAVE TO RELY ON INCREASED SUPPLIES.

UM, I'M ALSO A LITTLE BIT DISTURBED BY SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS I'VE SEEN ABOUT, UM, RELYING ON INCREASED SUPPLIES IN THE REGION K PLAN.

UM, I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO BE, UH, LOOKING AT MORE WATER SOURCES.

WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT USING OUR WATER SOURCES BETTER, UM, THE ONES THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

UM, ANY OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS? ANYBODY ONLINE? OKAY.

UM, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE TIME TO BRING THIS UP, BUT I'VE, UM, SOME OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE RECEIVING, UM, EMAILS FROM THE PUBLIC NOW, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, WHICH IS FINE.

UM, ONE CONCERN I HAVE IS, IS KNOWING STATE OPEN MEETINGS REQUIREMENTS, I DON'T KNOW, DO THOSE APPLY TO THIS GROUP IN WHICH, YOU KNOW, DO WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, UM, NOT RESPONDING TO EMAILS IF THERE'S A, IT'S SENT TO A QUORUM OF MEMBERS? DOES ANYBODY KNOW? I'LL JUST SPEAK.

SORRY.

I'LL JUST SPEAK UP TO THAT.

TERESA, ROBERT.

OH, I'M, I'M SORRY.

I DON'T KNOW IF I COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD YOUR QUESTION.

LIKE THE, ARE YOU SAYING THE PUBLIC IS SENDING EMAILS TO COUNCIL MEMBERS OR MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE? I'M SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

TASK TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION.

SO, SO TASK FORCE MEMBERS ARE SENDING EMAILS TO COUNCIL MEMBERS, I'M SORRY.

NO, AND THE, THE PUBLIC OKAY.

, THERE'S, THERE'S FOLKS IN THE PUBLIC THAT ARE SENDING MESSAGES TO THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

UM, AND, AND, UH, WHAT I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE IS WE DON'T GET IN TROUBLE WITH OPEN RECORDS OR, OR OPEN MEETING REQUIREMENTS THERE, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S FINE TO, FOR US TO GET THOSE, THOSE COMMENTS, BUT I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE GAME.

YOU

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KNOW, WHEN THERE'S A, A QUORUM OF US, UH, THAT AN EMAIL GETS SENT TO, RIGHT? YEAH.

AND THIS IS THERESA LUTZ.

I'LL SPEAK UP.

UH, AUSTIN WATER.

I THINK IT WOULD BE BEST IF, UH, THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS WOULD NOT REPLY TO THAT AND REPLY ALL TO THAT, UM, THOSE TYPES OF EMAILS.

UM, AND IF THERE ARE, IF THERE'S, IF THERE ARE COMMENTS OR, UH, ITEMS THAT YOU'RE RECEIVING THAT YOU WOULD WANNA PASS ON TO, UM, TO EMILY, YOU COULD SEND THEM TO, FORWARD THEM TO EMILY.

IF YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO BE, UM, MATERIAL THAT WE WOULD, UM, POTENTIALLY PROVIDE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE, THE TASK FORCE, THEN THAT CAN BE DONE.

UH, BUT THAT WOULD JUST BE A, A SINGLE TASK FORCE MEMBER FORWARDING THAT OR SENDING THAT TO EMILY.

BUT I THINK, UH, IT WOULD BE PROPER FOR TASK FORCE MEMBERS NOT TO REPLY ALL AND REPLY TO THOSE.

'CAUSE THE TASK FORCE DOES, THE TASK FORCE DOES FALL UNDER THE, UM, OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

AND SO WE NEED TO NOT HAVE THOSE KINDS OF COMMUNICATIONS IF THAT WERE TO SPIN INTO A, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, AN EMAIL STRING, THAT WOULD NOT BE CORRECT.

OKAY.

I APPRECIATE THAT, THERESA.

SO AGAIN, THIS IS NOT TO DISSUADE FOLKS FROM REACHING OUT TO TASK FORCE MEMBERS OR, OR SENDING AN, AN EMAIL TO US.

UM, IDEALLY YOU WOULD BCC US THAT WAY.

UM, NOBODY ACCIDENTALLY WINDS UP BREAKING, UM, STATE LAW AND OPEN MEETINGS.

UM, BUT JUST, JUST, UM, A HEADS UP TO THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS JUST, JUST TO KNOW, TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE, ABOUT RESPONDING.

I'M NOT SAYING ANYBODY HAS DONE THAT, BUT YOU KNOW, WHENEVER, WHENEVER I START GETTING EMAILS AND I'M ON OPEN, UM, WITH, WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH OPEN MEETINGS ACT, YOU KNOW, START GETTING NERVOUS ABOUT THAT.

I KNOW, I KNOW.

WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL.

YEAH.

APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THAT UP.

ANY, ANY QUESTIONS? UH, SARAH HAS A QUESTION.

YEAH, I DO HAVE A QUESTION.

UM, I'M NOT EVEN SURE THAT ALL OF OUR EMAILS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

I KNOW THAT I DIDN'T HAVE EVERYBODY'S EMAILS AND I THINK IT LISTS OUR NAMES.

UM, BUT FOR MOST BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, THE PUBLIC HAS A WAY TO REACH THEM.

I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF WE HAVE BC BOARDS, ANY EMAIL ADDRESSES.

UM, ANYWAYS, IT'S JUST A QUESTION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, I, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND, DON'T REPLY ALL TO A COMMUNICATION.

UM, BUT I GUESS I WONDER HOW TRANSPARENT WE'RE BEING IF THE PUBLIC HAS THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH ALL OF US, RIGHT? YEAH, GO AHEAD.

WE, UH, WE COULD, UM, WE COULD LOOK INTO GETTING THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS ASSIGNED, UH, UH, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, UH, EMAIL ADDRESSES.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S EVER BEEN DONE FOR THIS TASK FORCE.

SO, BUT WE CAN LOOK AT THAT.

BUT IF THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO, UM, SEND COMMENTS THAT WOULD BE, UH, PROVIDED TO THE, UM, THE TASK FORCE, WE CAN ALSO, I THINK ON THE, UM, THE WEBSITE, WE HAVE A, A WAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO PROVIDE INPUT AND COMMENTS RELATED TO TASK FORCE, UM, ITEMS THROUGH SENDING, UM, AN EMAIL TO EMILY OR EMILY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMILY.

SO THAT COULD BE DONE TOO.

BUT WE CAN ALSO, AND, AND HAVE A FOLLOW UP.

WE CAN LOOK INTO GETTING ASSIGNED, UH, EMAIL ADDRESSES TO THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

I THINK WE LOOKED INTO THAT YEARS AGO, BUT WE CAN RENEW THAT AND DOUBLE CHECK AND SEE IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S POSSIBLE.

I SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, I KNOW THE LAST THING I NEED IS ANOTHER EMAIL ACCOUNT.

IS IT, WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO HAVE A, AN EMAIL FOR ALL OF US THAT WHEN SOMEBODY SENDS SOMETHING TO IT, IT THEN GOES TO ALL OF US? UM, SO CAN I SURE, SURE.

SORRY, SARAH.

YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO BE CLEAR.

IF YOU HAVE A BOARDING COMMISSION EMAIL ADDRESS, YOU CAN SET IT UP TO AUTO FORWARD.

OKAY.

TO WHATEVER EMAIL ADDRESS YOU CHOOSE.

SO YOU DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE TO GO THERE AND CHECK IT.

OKAY.

UM, I JUST THINK, LIKE I WAS ASKED, I'VE BEEN ASKED FOR CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS AND I DIDN'T HAVE IT.

UM, JUST PEOPLE THAT I KNOW PERSONALLY, AND IT JUST, AND I'M LOOKING AT THE WEBSITE RIGHT NOW AND THERE'S ACTUALLY NO CONTACT INFORMATION.

UM, MAYBE IF YOU READ THE AGENDA, YOU COULD FIGURE OUT THE STEP OR SOME, OH, IT HAS A PHONE NUMBER.

SORRY FOR STAFF.

SO I DO THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD IMPROVE UPON IS LIKE, UM, FIGURING OUT A WAY TO ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENTS.

SINCE THESE ARE PUBLIC MEETINGS,

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WE'RE POSTING OUR MATERIALS, IT'S A TOPIC OF GREAT INTEREST.

UM, IT WOULD BE GOOD TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS.

SO YEAH, IT'D BE GREAT IF YOU CAN LOOK INTO THAT.

AND I'M WITH YOU.

I DON'T WANT ANOTHER EMAIL ADDRESS EITHER, BUT IT'S REALLY NOT THAT, UM, BURDENSOME.

O ONEROUS.

OKAY.

WELL, COOL.

MM-HMM, .

UM, AND, AND I AGREE WITH YOU.

IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO BE EASY TO GET AHOLD OF.

UM, WE'LL, WE'LL LOOK INTO THAT.

OKAY.

APPRECIATE THAT, THERESA.

MM-HMM.

, ANY, ANY OTHER COMMENTS? OH, I'M SORRY, PAUL.

I DUNNO, IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE IT.

OH, THERE, WE, IT IS.

YEAH, I, WELL, I DO HAVE A, UM, BOARDS, COMMISSION'S EMAIL ADDRESS.

OH, OKAY.

I MEAN, BECAUSE I'M A RECENT ADDITION TO THE TASK FORCE, AND I BET MADELINE PROBABLY DOES TOO.

UM, THAT WAS JUST PART OF LIKE THE TRAINING AND PROCESSES THAT THEY GAVE US A BC EMAIL ADDRESS, AND I THINK YOU CAN FIND THOSE.

YOU CAN FIND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR TASK FORCE MEMBERS AND BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEMBERS THROUGH THE AUSTIN, LIKE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS WEBSITE.

YOU HAVE TO KIND OF DIG, BUT YOU CAN FIND LIKE THE ROSTER FOR ALL OF THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND THEN THEIR EMAILS THAT WAY.

UM, BUT YEAH, WE COULD OBVIOUSLY JUST PUT IT ON OUR WEBSITE.

THAT WOULD BE EASY TOO.

SO MAYBE WE ALREADY HAVE EMAILS.

YOU MIGHT, YEAH.

I MEAN, I, IT'S ALSO LIKE YOU CAN USE YOUR PERSONAL ONE.

IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER FROM AN OPEN MEETINGS PERSPECTIVE.

IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING YOU CAN COMMUNICATE USING THAT.

IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.

UM, I MEAN, IT'S JUST, IF YOU WANNA KEEP THINGS SEPARATE, I DON'T KNOW.

I WOULD SAY, UM, FOR MINE, I HAD TO GO AND SPECIFICALLY REACH OUT TO GET IT SET UP.

SO IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE THE, THE PROCESS OF REACHING OUT OR SETTING THAT UP, YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE AN EMAIL.

YEAH.

THAT, THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN LOOK AT, LOOK INTO FOR YOU.

UM, THAT MAY BE SOMETHING MORE RECENTLY.

THERE MAY HAVE BEEN A CHANGE IN THE PROCESS THAT, THAT CHANGED THAT FROM THE TIME THE, SOME OF THE MEMBERS CAME ONTO THE, THE TASK FORCE.

SO I CAN JUST OFFER THAT WHEN I ASKED FOR THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE MEMBERS.

OH, PAUL WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT I WAS GIVEN A BC EMAIL FOR .

UM, AND THE ONLY REASON, AND I HAVE ONE 'CAUSE OF OTHER BOARDS, RIGHT? I WASN'T GIVEN ONE FOR THIS TASK FORCE , YOU SHOULD BE RUNNING THE MEETING .

AT LEAST YOU KNEW WHERE IT WAS AT .

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT, COOL.

I'M JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE NONE OF US GO TO JAIL, FOR VIOLATING STATE LAW.

BUT AGAIN, WE DO WANNA HEAR, AND I'M SURE ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS AS WELL WANT TO HEAR WHAT, WHAT INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE PUBLIC HAVE TO SAY ABOUT, UM, THE BUSINESS THAT WE CONDUCT.

OKAY.

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

NEXT STEP IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

UM, DO I HEAR A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? MOTION BY HANI? DO I HEAR SECOND? YEAH.

SECOND PAUL SECONDS.

UM, ANY OPPOSED HEARING? NONE, UH, MINUTES PASSED ON THE DISCUSSION ITEMS. SO FIRST UP IS OUR, UM,

[2. Update on Lower Colorado River and Highland Lakes water supply conditions]

UPDATE IN THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AND HIGHLAND LAKES WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS.

A LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS, I THINK THIS TIME.

UM, YEAH.

HI, I'M, MY NAME IS FATIMA WAHE.

I'M WITH, UM, AUSTIN WATER ON THE SYSTEMS PLANNING TEAM.

UM, AND THIS IS THE UPDATE ON LOWER COLORADO RIVER AND HIGHLAND LAKES WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS.

OKAY.

UM, SO THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE HIGHLAND LAKES INFLOWS.

THE PURPLE BARS REPRESENT THE INFLOWS FOR 2024.

SO FOR JANUARY THROUGH APRIL, 2024, WE'VE HAD PRETTY LOW INFLOWS.

THEY'VE TRACKED WELL BELOW, NOT WELL BELOW, BUT BELOW THE, UH, 2023 NUMBERS.

UM, BUT FOR MAY, 2024, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE GOT A LITTLE LESS THAN 225,000 ACRE FEET, UM, OF INFLOWS.

AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT AN INFLOW, A, A MONTHLY INFLOW HAS EXCEEDED ITS HISTORICAL MONTHLY AVERAGE, WHICH IS THE BLUE, THE LIGHTER BLUE BAR, UM, SINCE MARCH OF 2020.

UM, AND THEN MAY, 2024 IS ALSO THE HIGHEST SINGLE MONTH OF INFLOWS WE'VE HAD SINCE MAY OF 2019.

THIS SLIDE IS THE LAKE BUCHANAN AND TRAVIS COMBINED STORAGE FROM SINCE 2005.

UM, COMBINED STORAGE FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS WAS PRETTY STEADY, AROUND 42%, BUT IT'S BUMPED UP TO ABOUT 56% AS OF THIS MORNING.

CURRENTLY, THE COMBINED STORAGE IS AT

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ABOUT 1.12 MILLION ACRE FEET, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST IT'S BEEN SINCE OCTOBER, 2022.

UM, FOR SOME CONTEXT, LAST MAY, WE ENDED AT A LITTLE BIT OVER 1 MILLION ACRE FEET, AND AFTER LAST SUMMER, WE WENT DOWN TO ABOUT 770,000 ACRE FEET.

UM, BUT SINCE MAY 1ST TOTAL COMBINED STORAGE HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 240,000 ACRE FEET.

AND OF THAT TOTAL LAKE BUCHANAN INCREASE ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 214,000, AND LAKE TRAVIS' WAS ABOUT 25,400 SINCE MAY 1ST.

UM, THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE US DROUGHT MONITOR.

UM, TRAVIS COUNTY IS OUTLINED IN BOLD RIGHT THERE ON THE MAP.

THE CONDITIONS RIGHT NOW RANGE FROM NONE TO MODERATE DROUGHT AS OF THE MAY 30TH UPDATE.

UM, THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE NOAA THREE MONTH OUTLOOK FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER.

UM, THE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK ON THE LEFT SIDE SHOWS THAT THERE'S A 50 TO 60% CHANCE THAT TEMPERATURES THIS SUMMER WILL BE ABOVE AVERAGE.

AND THE PRECIPITATION CHART MAP ON THE RIGHT SIDE SHOW THAT THERE'S ABOUT AN EQUAL CHANCE THAT PRECIPITATION WILL BE, UM, AVERAGE FOR THIS THREE MONTH PERIOD.

THIS IS NOAH'S EL NINO LA NINA FORECAST.

SO THE MODELS AND THE PROJECTIONS SUGGEST THAT THERE IS A 49% CHANCE THAT LA NINA WILL DEVELOP IN JUNE OR JUNE THROUGH AUGUST.

OR THERE'S A 69% CHANCE THAT LA NINA WILL DEVELOP IN JULY TO SEPTEMBER.

UM, AND WITH LA NINA COMES, UH, GENERALLY DRIER TEMPERATURES AND CONDITIONS.

SO AS THE YEAR GOES ON, IT'S POSSIBLE THAT WE WILL HAVE A DRIER, HAVE DRIER CONDITIONS.

AND THEN THIS SLIDE SHOWS LAKES, BUCHANAN AND TRAVIS COMBINED STORAGE PROJECTIONS, UM, FROM LCRA.

THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN HAS THE, UH, CITY OF AUSTIN DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN STAGES.

THE UPDATED ONE, STAGE ONE THROUGH FOUR.

UM, WE HAD FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS BEEN TRACKING BETWEEN THAT BLUE AND GREEN DOTTED LINE.

AND THEN IN, SO THIS, UM, SLIDE WAS UPDATED LIKE AT THE END OF LAST WEEK, AND WE'RE TRACKING ABOVE THE GREEN LINE NOW.

BUT SINCE THIS UPDATE, LIKE AS OF THIS MORNING, WE'RE A LITTLE BIT ABOVE THAT POINT.

UM, AND AN UPDATED PROJECTION FOR THE LCRA, LIKE THIS UPDATED SLIDE WILL BE A AVAIL.

IT'S NOT AVAILABLE YET FOR JUNE.

SO THAT'LL PROBABLY WE'LL HAVE AN, A DIFFERENT UPDATE AT THE NEXT MEETING.

YEAH.

SO THIS PLOT IS NOT SHOWING THOSE RECENT IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE LAST MONTH.

LOOKS LIKE IT'S FOR MAY 1ST.

SO IN OUR RIGHT, THE, OUR TOTAL STORAGE IS WHAT, 1.1 THESE DAYS? MM-HMM.

1.1 MILLION.

SO THAT, SO THAT, THAT DOT WAS UPDATED, LIKE THE DOT THAT SAYS CURRENT STORAGE.

OH, WE GO, THAT WAS UPDATED PERFECT.

ON LIKE LAST THURSDAY OR FRIDAY.

GOTCHA.

BUT THE LIKE CHART ITSELF, ITSELF ISN'T UPDATED YET.

UPDATED, SO WE ARE JUST USING THE ONE FROM MAY 1ST.

COOL.

APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND THEN THAT'S ALL.

ANY QUESTIONS? ANY QUESTIONS? I HAVE A, A QUESTION.

GO, MADELINE, SINCE WE'RE, UM, ABOVE THE, THE STORAGE THAT WE WERE HISTORICALLY, HOW ARE IS THE PROCESS WITH THE EMERGENCY PERMITTING THAT WAS BEING DONE BEFORE FOR THE INDIRECT POTABLE WATER REUSE? I CAN, UH, SPEAK TO THAT ON THE INDIRECT POTABLE REUSE PROJECT.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO, UH, WORK ON THAT AND TO MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR, UM, PLANNING AND OUR, AND THE, THE STEPS THAT WE'RE TAKING TOWARDS THAT PROJECT.

EVEN WITH THIS, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, INCREASE WE'VE HAD IN, IN LAKE STORAGE, IT'S VERY BENEFICIAL.

WE'RE VERY GLAD TO HAVE THE, UH, THE ADDITIONAL LAKE STORAGE, BUT WE'RE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE INDIRECT POTABLE REUSE PROJECT AS BEFORE.

SO LET ME FOLLOW UP ON THIS THERE.

SO, UH, GIVE US

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MORE SPEC SPECIFICS.

I MEAN, WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.

SO WHAT ARE WE DOING? WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING ? YEAH.

SO, UH, WE'RE CONTINUING TO, UM, DO OUR, UH, SCOPING AND PLANNING RELATIVE TO THE, ALL THE COMPONENTS WE NEED TO BUILD TO, UH, TO DEVELOP THAT PROJECT.

UM, WE'RE ALSO CONTINUING TO WORK ON THE, UH, UH, VARIOUS, UH, PERMITTING ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT AND, UM, MOVING FORWARD WITH THE, WITH THE INTERNAL WORK TEAM THAT WE HAVE, UM, DEVELOPING THE STEPS AND, AND LINING UP THE VARIOUS PIECES THAT WE NEED TO DO, UH, TO, FOR THAT PROJECT.

AND WE COULD GIVE ANOTHER UPDATE AT OUR, IF WE HAVE TIME IN OUR SCHEDULE, WE COULD GIVE ANOTHER UPDATE AT OUR, AT A FUTURE MEETING.

UM, BUT, UH, AGAIN, WE'RE THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

YEAH.

WE'RE, WE'RE MOVING FORWARD ON ALL THE PIECES.

'CAUSE THERE, THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS TO IT, BUT WE COULD, WE COULD GIVE AN UPDATE, I THINK IF WE CAN FIT THAT IN THE SCHEDULE.

YEAH.

SO THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT IT'S THAT THE GOOD NEWS YES, UH, UH, WOULD NOT DETER US FROM MOVING ON.

RIGHT.

BUT WHEN, WHEN DO YOU PULL THE TRIGGER ON GETTING THOSE PROJECTS GOING? YEAH.

UM, I MEAN, WE'RE CONTINUING TO, TO MOVE FORWARD ON THEM AS THEY ARE GOING .

SO, UM, OKAY.

YEAH.

WE'RE, THERE'S A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, UM, ARE WE TALKING ABOUT, I'M SORRY, I'M MISSING THIS.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? THE INDIRECT POTABLE REUSE.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK ON, ON THAT PROJECT, EVEN WITH THE LAKE STORAGE THAT WE'VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO GET.

UM, THAT'S NOT GOING TO, UM, YOU KNOW, PUSH US OFF OF THAT PROJECT OR SET THAT PROJECT ASIDE.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE, THE PREP WORK AND THE PLANNING AND, UM, AND THE ENGINEERING WORK THAT WE'RE DOING.

OKAY.

AND WE CAN UPDATE, THANK YOU.

IN A FUTURE MEETING, UH, YOU KNOW, WITH MORE DETAILS.

GOOD.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, SARAH? SORRY, THIS IS, UM, NOT A CONTENT QUESTION, BUT I HAVE THIS HUGE PICTURE ON MY SCREEN OF LAKE TRAVIS LOOKING FULL AND BEAUTIFUL.

AND IT'S JUST SOMETHING I'VE BROUGHT UP BEFORE.

I, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THIS .

I WISH WE WOULD ALWAYS LIKE JUST BE REALLY CONSISTENT AND SHOW THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A TINY RIVER, EVEN THIS PART LEADING UP TO THE BASIN.

SO I KNOW IT'S JUST A POWERPOINT TEMPLATE, BUT I THINK EVERY CHANCE WE HAVE TO GIVE PEOPLE VISUALS OF WHAT WE'RE ACTUALLY DEALING WITH, WE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.

THANKS.

UM, I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

I KNOW LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY WAS TALKING ABOUT REDUCING PROPORTIONATELY REDUCING ALLOCATIONS.

HAVE, HAVE YOU HEARD ANYTHING OFFICIAL FROM THEM WITH THIS INFLUX? YOU KNOW, THOSE ALLOCATION REDUCTIONS BEEN POSTPONED? UH, WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING OFFICIAL ON THAT.

UH, LCRA DID ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WERE FROM, UM, CRA'S PERSPECTIVE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN GOING BACK TO, UM, UM, I BELIEVE IT'S, I BELIEVE IT'S STAGE ONE THAT THEY'VE GONE BACK INTO, UM, AS PART OF THEIR DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN.

WE'RE CONTINUING TO BE IN STAGE TWO, UM, NOW BECAUSE, AND THAT WAS BECAUSE THE STORAGE, UH, ROSE ABOVE 1.1 MILLION ACRE FEET.

BUT, UH, WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK THROUGH THE, THAT ALLOCATION DEVELOPMENT PROCESS WITH THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY STAFF.

AND WE'RE GONNA WORK THROUGH THOSE, UH, AND WORK THROUGH THAT THROUGH COMPLETION THIS SUMMER TO GET THOSE ALL IN PLACE.

EVEN IF, UM, YOU KNOW, THE PROJECTION OF WHEN THAT MIGHT OCCUR, WHICH WOULD BE PROJECTED OUT TO BE THE COMBINED STORAGE DROPPING TO 600,000 ACRE FEET, UH, EVEN IF THAT'S PUSHED BEYOND, THEY'RE STILL WORK MOVING FORWARD, UM, WITH DEVELOPING THE, THE PLANS AND GETTING THOSE ALLOTMENTS IN, UH, UM, INTO PLACE THOSE PLANS.

SO, OKAY.

WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING OFFICIAL AS FAR AS, UH, THEY, WE NEED TO SEE THEIR, THEIR, UM, THEIR, UH, JUNE UPDATE TO SEE WHAT THE PROJECTED OUTLOOK IS, BUT, UM, IT'S STILL A GOOD PROCESS TO GO THROUGH TO HAVE THOSE IN PLACE WHEN, WHENEVER THEY MAY BE NEEDED.

BUT, YOU KNOW, JUST FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, IT DOESN'T, WE HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING OFFICIAL FROM LCRA, BUT IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THAT WOULD BE, UH, SOMETHING THAT COULD HAPPEN THIS YEAR.

COOL.

THANK

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YOU.

I THINK, AS WAS NOTED BY SEVERAL FOLKS, IT FEEL, IT FEELS GOOD TO HAVE, UH, YOU KNOW, A, A BUMP UP IN THE RESERVOIRS, BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO.

AND AS AWA, UM, NOTED, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING INTO LA NYA CONDITIONS AS, AS WELL AS OUR TRADITIONALLY HOT AND DRY SUMMER.

SO, MM-HMM.

, IT'D BE GOOD TO STILL BE VIGILANT AND, AND WATCH THIS CLOSELY, BUT IT DOES FEEL GOOD.

YEAH.

YES.

SO, WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, NEXT

[3. Update on Preliminary Water management strategy Assessment and Vulnerability Evaluation (WAVE) results]

DISCUSSION ITEM IS UPDATE ON PRELIMINARY WATER MANAGEMENT, STRATIS STRATEGY ASSESSMENT AND VULNERABILITY EVALUATION WAVE WAVE RESULTS.

WHO'S DOING THAT? HELLO, EVERYBODY.

UM, CAN YOU HEAR ME THERE IN THE ROOM? HI, HELEN.

HEY, SORRY YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO JOIN YOU TODAY.

I'M FEELING A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER, SO FIGURED I'D SAY AT HOME AND, UH, KEEP MY GERMS AWAY.

BUT, UM, WE HAVE SOME PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR OUR WAVE EVALUATION TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS TODAY.

UM, THIS IS KIND OF JUST THE FIRST ROUND AND THERE'S ADJUSTMENTS WE NEED TO MAKE TO THE MODEL, CONTINUING TO TEST OTHER ASSUMPTIONS, BUT WANTED TO, UM, GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO KIND OF LOOK AT THE METHODOLOGY THAT WE'RE USING, AND THEN THE PLAN WOULD BE TO COME BACK, UM, TO THIS GROUP, LIKELY IN JULY, UM, TO SHARE THE MORE FINAL RESULTS, UM, WHEN WE'VE GOT A CHANCE TO DO A FEW MORE MODEL RUNS.

AND WE HAVE ROB LEMPERT FROM RAND HERE TODAY.

UM, AND HE'S GONNA GO THROUGH THE SLIDES.

AND THEN, UH, ROB AND I WILL BOTH BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, UM, IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT WE WANNA DIVE INTO MORE TODAY.

AND WITH THAT, I'LL GO AHEAD AND PASS IT OVER TO ROB.

THANKS, HELEN.

UM, CAN EVERYBODY HEAR ME OKAY? WE CAN.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANKS.

YEAH.

SO AS, UM, UM, AS, AS HELEN SAID, UM, LAST TIME WE, WE SHOWED YOU, UM, UH, OUR METHODOLOGY, UM, THIS TIME WE'RE GONNA GIVE YOU SOME INITIAL RESULTS SO YOU CAN START TO SEE, YOU KNOW, WHAT, WHAT, WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE.

AND THEN NEXT TIME WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK, UH, WITH MORE COMPLETE RESULTS AFTER TWIDDLING WITH THE MODEL, UM, WORKING, UH, YOU KNOW, A, ADJUSTING THE ASSUMPTIONS AND THE STRATEGIES WE'RE LOOKING AT AND SO FORTH.

SO, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, YEAH, SO THIS SUMMARIZES THE FLOW OF THE ANALYSIS.

THE, UM, INPUTS ARE ON THE LEFT, THE OUTPUTS ON THE RIGHT.

UM, THE, UH, WHAT WE'RE GENERATING ARE, UM, UH, CANDIDATE, UH, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY PORTFOLIOS.

EACH PORTFOLIO CONSISTS OF A SET OF SUPPLY ENHANCEMENTS AND DEMAND REDUCTIONS THAT, UM, MEETS, UH, MEETS YOUR GUYS' PERFORMANCE, UM, GOALS, WHICH ARE ESSENTIALLY, UM, WE'LL SAY A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE, UM, WATER, UM, AT, UH, AT, AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE COST.

UM, THE INPUTS ARE, WE'RE LOOKING AT A WIDE RANGE OF FUTURE HYDROLOGIC SEQUENCES.

UM, GOOD YEARS, BAD YEARS.

AS, AS YOU KNOW, WE SAW THE VARIABILITY ON, ON THE PREVIOUS TALK, LOOKING AT VARIOUS REGIONAL SUPPLY SCENARIOS, LOOKING AT REGIONAL, UH, VARIOUS DEMAND SCENARIOS.

THOSE ALL GO INTO THE WHAM, WHICH COME UP WITH, UH, DETAILED PROJECTIONS, WATER DEMANDS, AND THE, THE PERFORMANCE OF VARIOUS, UM, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES.

THEN WE PUT THOSE INTO THIS MUCH FASTER RUNNING MINI WHAM MODEL, WHICH, WHICH WE'RE GONNA SHOW YOU SOME INITIAL RESULTS OR TODAY, WHICH CAN SCAN THROUGH MANY, MANY COMBINATIONS OF DIFFERENT WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, TEST THEM AGAINST MANY, MANY OF THESE DIFFERENT FUTURES, AND, UM, GIVE CANDIDATE TRADE-OFFS, UH, THE DIFFERENT TRADE-OFFS OF COST AND PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE WIDE RANGE OF SCENARIOS.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

GREAT, THANKS.

SO, UM, THESE ARE THE, UH, DIFFERENT, UM, UH, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, UM, SUPPLY ENHANCEMENTS ON THE TOP, UM, DEMAND REDUCTIONS ON THE BOTTOM, UM, THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT.

SO THERE'S A LARGE NUMBER OF THESE, UM, THEY INTERACT IN, IN VARIOUS WAYS.

UM, YOU KNOW, SOME ARE ADDITIVE, SOME LESS.

SO, UM, UM, AND WHAT WE ARE, WHAT WE ARE DOING IS, UM, I MEAN, IN SOME SENSE, RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD THOUGH THE, THE DEVIL, OBVIOUSLY IN THE DETAILS.

BUT LOOKING AT LOTS OF DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF THESE SUPPLY ENHANCEMENTS AND DEMAND REDUCTIONS DEFINED, UM, THE BEST COMBINATIONS.

SO, UM, IN FACT, AT THIS POINT, WE'RE LOOKING THROUGH, YOU KNOW, ON THE ORDER OF SEVERAL MILLION OF COM COMBINATIONS, AND THEN, UM, YOU KNOW, SKIMMING OFF THE, THE VERY BEST PERFORMING ONES, UM, TO SHOW THOSE TO YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

UM, SO THE, THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

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ARE IN FACT DYNAMIC.

UM, AND, UM, SO THEY EVOLVE OVER TIME.

AND SO THAT, WHICH GIVES YOU SOME OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, UH, TO, TO HEDGE AGAINST, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, FUTURE UNCERTAINTY.

AND SO I'M JUST GONNA SHOW YOU A GRAPHIC TO HELP THINK ABOUT HOW THESE STRATEGIES MIGHT EVOLVE OVER TIME.

SO I'M GONNA FOCUS ON THE DEMAND REDUCTION STRATEGIES RIGHT NOW, 'CAUSE THEY'RE, UM, UH, IN SOME SENSE, SIMPLEST TO PLOT THIS WAY, BUT THE DR ONE IS THE, UM, THE LOWEST LEVEL OF DEMAND REDUCTION.

AND SO YOU COULD START THAT, UM, IN THE 2030 TIME PERIOD AND CONTINUE OUT OVER, UH, 50 YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE.

OR YOU COULD START WITH DR ONE, AND THEN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE OPT TO THE DR TWO TO, TO CRANK UP THE LEVEL OF DEMAND REDUCTION.

UM, AND SO THIS LITTLE DOT, THESE ARE, UH, THESE ARE A SUBWAY MAP DIAGRAM.

SO THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE LINE REPRESENTS, OKAY, WE'RE ON THIS STRATEGY, AND THE DOT REPRESENTS, OR THE, THE ROUND LITTLE CIRCLE REPRESENTS A, A, YOU KNOW, POTENTIAL TRANSFER STATION WHERE YOU COULD GET OFF DR ONE AND HOP ONTO DR TWO.

BUT THE FACT THAT THE LINE ONLY GOES ONE WAY, UM, SUGGESTS THAT AT LEAST THE WAY THAT WE'RE, WE'RE MODELING THIS, THAT YOU CAN'T, IF YOU START WITH DR TWO, YOU CAN'T HOP BACK TO, TO DR ONE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE CAN ENRICH THIS A LITTLE BIT.

UM, AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT SEVEN LEVELS OF DEMAND REDUCTION, UH, ONE THROUGH SEVEN.

SO, UM, YOU COULD THEN START WITH DR ONE OR DR TWO, AND THEN AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, JUMP JUMP DOWN TO DR SEVEN.

AND AGAIN, UM, THESE WE'RE, WE'RE MODELING THESE, UM, AS, UM, AS YOU CAN GO, YOU CAN CRANK IT UP, BUT IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO, TO, TO, TO CRANK IT BACK DOWN.

UM, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS THEN SHOWS THE, UH, THE, THE, THE FULL MAPPING OF, OF THE DEMAND REDUCTIONS AND GIVES YOU A SENSE OF ALL THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS THAT THE, THE COMPUTER, UM, WILL BE, UM, UH, UH, YOU KNOW, EXPLORING.

BUT ESSENTIALLY THIS SAYS YOU CAN START WITH WITH DEMAND REDUCTION, 1, 2, 3, 4, OR FIVE.

UM, AND FROM ANY OF THOSE, JUMP DOWN TO DR SIX OR DR SEVEN.

AND ONCE YOU, YOU KNOW, ONCE YOU START, UH, YOU KNOW, END UP WITH, ONCE YOU END UP WITH SIX OR SEVEN, THEN, THEN YOU CONTINUE THAT OUT FOR ALL TIME.

SO THIS JUST GIVES A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS OF WHERE YOU CAN START, WHERE YOU CAN HOP, UM, CHANGE AT, UH, AS, AS WE GO FORWARD IN THE DECADES, AND THEN WHERE ONE CAN END UP.

OKAY.

NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO, UM, WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE DOING THE, UM, IS LOOKING AT MANY, MANY CANDIDATE PORTFOLIOS.

WE CAN RUN THEM THROUGH THIS MINI WHAM, WE'RE GONNA STRESS TEST THEM AGAINST, UM, AT THIS POINT, 36, 30 YEAR FUTURES TO GET, UH, SO FOR EACH 10 YEAR PERIOD, LOOKING AT THE, UM, UH, THE VARIETY OF, OF, OF HYDROLOGIC SEQUENCES THAT COULD COME TO IT, YOU KNOW, LENGTH OF DROUGHT, SEPARATION BETWEEN DROUGHTS, UM, THAT, THAT SORT OF DYNAMICS, WHICH, WHICH, UM, STRESS YOUR SYSTEM IN VARIOUS WAYS.

AND WE'RE EVALUATING EACH PORTFOLIO WITH A COST MEASURE.

AND THEN THREE DIFFERENT MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE.

UH, RESILIENCY IS MEANT TO CAPTURE THE FREQUENCY OF SHORTAGE.

VULNERABILITY CAPTURES THE, UM, THE, THE DEPTHS OF THE STRINGENCY OF SHORTAGE AND RESILIENCY IS MEANT TO CAPTURE THE CONSEQUENCES OF DROUGHT, EVEN IF THOUGH YOU CAN, UM, MITIGATE IT TO SOME EXTENT BY PUTTING IN, UH, UH, UH, THE, THE DROUGHT, UH, CON THE CONSERVATION, UH, MEASURES THE DCPS.

UM, UH, THESE ARE HIGHLY CORRELATED AND WE'RE STILL, UM, YOU KNOW, SORTING OUT WHICH COMBINATION OF THESE ARE, UM, UH, BEST TO SHOW.

AND IN THE, THE INITIAL RESULTS, I'M GONNA SHOW IN A SECOND, UM, WE'RE JUST GONNA BE USING ONE OF THEM.

THE, THE, THE FIGURE ON THE RIGHT IS THIS IDEA OF THESE, UM, UH, MULTI OBJECTIVE, UM, UH, FRETO SURFACES IS THE TECHNICAL TERM OR TRADE OFF SURFACES.

AND THE IDEA, HERE'S, WE GOT TWO, TWO OBJECTIVES, SAY COST AND PERFORMANCE.

AND IDEALLY WE WOULD LIKE TO GET LOTS OF PERFORMANCE FOR, FOR VERY LITTLE COST.

UM, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY WE CAN ONLY GET CLOSE TO, WE CAN'T GET TO THAT IDEAL.

AND SO THAT LINE, THERE IS THE, UM, YOU KNOW, THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO THAT IDEAL POINT, AND THERE'S VARIOUS TRADE-OFFS SO THAT FOR, UH, FOR LESS COST, YOU CAN GET SLIGHTLY LESS PERFORMANCE.

AS YOU, UH, TRY TO GET MORE PERFORMANCE, YOU CAN

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GET HIGHER COST.

THIS LINE REPRESENTS ALL THE STRATEGIES FOR WHICH YOU, UM, CAN'T GET BETTER ON ONE METRIC WITHOUT GETTING WORSE ON THE OTHER.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

AND JUST TO EMPHASIZE THAT WHAT, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE MODELING, UM, SPITS OUT IS BY NO MEANS THE END OF THE STORY.

UM, IT'S GONNA GIVE SUGGESTIONS, AND THEN THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF ITERATION WITH THE STAFF, UH, TO COME UP WITH THOSE, UH, PORTFOLIOS THAT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE, THE FEW PORTFOLIOS THAT THEN WE'LL BRING FORWARD AS THE, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, THE OPTIONS AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, UM, WHICH ARE, YOU KNOW, A COMBINATION OF THE, THE STAFF'S BEST JUDGMENT AND, UM, WHAT THE COMPUTER IS TELLING US.

OKAY, SO NOW, NEXT SLIDE.

UM, FINALLY THEY GET TO, TO SOME INITIAL RESULTS.

OKAY? SO THIS IS NOW HAVING LOOKED AT SEVERAL MILLION OPTIONS.

THESE ARE 550 CANDIDATE PORTFOLIOS, UM, THAT, UM, SEEM WORTHY OF, YOU KNOW, MORE CONSIDERATION.

AND SO WE'RE PLOTTING THEM WITH RESILIENCY, UM, METRIC ON THE, UM, ON THE BOTTOM, UH, ON THE HORIZONTAL AXIS.

SO, YOU KNOW, THE FURTHER OUT YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT, THE BETTER THE RESILIENCY.

AND THEN ON THE VERTICAL AXIS IS THE, UH, 30 YEAR COST.

SO YOU SEE THIS PATTERN THAT FOR, UM, UH, FOR LOWER RESILIENCY, IT, IT COSTS LESS FOR HIGHER RESILIENCY.

UM, IT, IT COSTS MORE.

UM, THE, UH, THE, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN SEE SORT OF THE CURVE, UM, THAT GIVES THE, THE, THE STRATEGIES THAT, UM, UM, ARE ON THIS PRETO SURFACE WHERE YOU CAN'T GET ANY BETTER COSTS WITHOUT, UH, LOSING SOME PERFORMANCE AND VICE VERSA.

SO THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF CAVEATS, UH, FOR, ON, ON, ON THESE INITIAL RESULTS.

I MEAN, THESE ARE THE, THE FIRST ROUND RESULTS.

UH, FIRST OFF, UM, WE'RE JUST LOOKING AT CANDIDATES FOR 2080 AT THIS POINT, SO WE'RE STARTING AT THE END, AND THEN WE'RE GONNA MOVE BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

AND, UM, SO THIS, THE, THESE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THOSE, UM, PATHWAYS OVER TIME THAT I WAS SHOWING YOU AT THE BEGINNING.

THESE ARE JUST A SNAPSHOT IN 2080.

AND THEN AS, AS HELEN SUGGESTED, THESE ARE INITIAL RESULTS.

AS WE LOOK AT THEM, WE SAY, OH, YOU KNOW, GET ALL SORTS OF, UM, INSIGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IF WE DID THIS, WHAT IF WE DID THAT, UM, THAT ARE GONNA CHANGE THESE RESULTS PERHAPS SIGNIFICANTLY THE NEXT TIME WE COME BACK, UM, TO YOU.

BUT THIS GIVES YOU AN INITIAL IDEA.

SO, UH, NEXT, AND JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT BETTER SENSE OF, OF WHAT'S GOING ON HERE, AS WE'VE PICKED THREE PORTFOLIOS, UM, AT DIFFERENT POINTS IN THIS CURVE.

ONE, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, AT THE VERY LOW RESILIENCY, LOW COST END ONE, WHICH IS AT THE VERY HIGH RESILIENCY, BUT HIGH COST END AND ONE IN THE MIDDLE, UM, YOU KNOW, PORTFOLIOS ONE, TWO, AND THREE, UM, UM, PORTFOLIO ONE HAS ABOUT 200,000 ACRE FEET.

FOUR USES FOUR OF THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, WHICH GENERATE ABOUT 200,000 ACRE FEET OF, UH, ADDITIONAL SUPPLY.

UM, PORTFOLIO TWO IS SEVEN OF THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES GIVES YOU ABOUT 340,000 ADDITIONAL ACRE FEET.

AND THEN PORTFOLIO THREE USES A LOT MORE, UM, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, 10, UH, WHICH GIVES 460,000 ACRE FEET.

UM, SO, UM, WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE DOING IS NOW DIVING INTO THESE, SEEING, UM, WHY IT'S CHOOSING THE COMBINATIONS IT IS, WHETHER WE'RE CORRECTLY MODELING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THESE DIFFERENT WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, UM, AND THINKING ABOUT HOW THESE PERFORM OVER THE RANGE OF, UH, THE DIFFERENT HY HYDROLOGIC SCENARIOS.

THAT'S WHAT WE WILL BRING YOU BACK IN, IN JULY.

AND THEN WE WILL, UM, WORK HARDER TO SEE IF WE CAN'T, UM, UH, TO SHOW HOW THESE MIGHT EVOLVE OVER TIME, WHICH, UM, MIGHT SOFTEN SOME OF THE TRADE OFFS.

OKAY.

UH, NEXT SLIDE.

THIS THEN JUST GIVES YOU SOME OF THE NUMBERS, UM, THAT YOU SAW IN THE PREVIOUS, UM, UH, PREVIOUS SLIDE PORTFOLIOS.

1, 2, 3, UM, THE TOTAL ACRE FEET, THE NUMBER OF WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THEY'RE USING, UH, THE PARTICULAR, UM, UH, VALUES FOR COST, RELIABILITY, RESILIENCY, AND VULNERABILITY.

UM, AND THEN JUST TO, AGAIN, UM, TO EMPHASIZE, UM, THIS IS JUST, YOU KNOW, THE START OF OF, OF SHOWING YOU RESULTS.

UM, WE THINK THAT THERE'S SOME REAL OPPORTUNITIES TO, YOU KNOW, SOFTEN THE TRADE OFFS TO GET CLOSER TO THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, BIG STAR DOWN IN THE LOWER RIGHT HAND CORNER, UM, BY LOOKING, UM, UM, AT ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES THAT ARE GONNA NAVIGATE THROUGH TIME.

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SO, UM, THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR QUESTIONS.

ANY QUESTIONS? I'VE, I'VE GOT, I'VE GOT ONE.

SO, SO WHAT'S THE, I'M ASSUMING RELIABILITY IS LIKE, IS THERE, WHEN YOU TURN ON THE FAUCET, IS THERE WATER THERE OR NOT? UM, SO HOW IS RESILIENCE DIFFERENT THAN RELIABILITY? YEAH.

SO, UM, AND HELEN, I'M I'LL, I'LL LET YOU WEIGH.

DO YOU WANT, DO YOU WANT ME TO START WITH THAT OR DO YOU WANNA WEIGH IN ON THIS? UM, SURE.

UH, I'LL GET A START AND THEN IF YOU WANNA ADD TO THAT, ROB, MAYBE.

SO YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

UM, RELIABILITY IS INTENDED TO CAPTURE THE OCCURRENCE OF A SHORTAGE ANYTIME THERE IS ONE.

UM, SO WE'RE DEFINING THAT AS ANYTIME THERE'S A DEMAND FOR WATER THAT'S NOT ABLE TO BE MET THROUGH THE, UM, SUPPLIES THAT ARE IN ANY OF THE CANDIDATE PORTFOLIOS PER RESILIENCY, WE'RE DEFINING THAT IN THIS, YOU KNOW, IT'S A CAN CAN CHANGE AND KIND OF THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE DOING AS WE DIVE INTO THE RESULTS.

BUT THE WAY WE'VE DEFINED IT RIGHT NOW IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT YOU SPEND IN STAGE FOUR DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS, UM, OVER THE 30 YEAR SIMULATION FOR A GIVEN CANDIDATE PORTFOLIO.

SO THAT'S MEANT TO CAPTURE, YOU KNOW, EVEN IF THERE'S STILL WATER IN THE FAUCET, UM, THERE ARE SOME VERY SEVERE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING IN SUCH A DEEP DROUGHT AND UNDER SUCH HEAVY RESTRICTION, AND WE WANNA MAKE SURE WE'RE CAPTURING THAT AS WELL.

OKAY.

AND THEN, AND THEN EXPLAIN VULNERABILITY AGAIN.

YEAH.

AND THEN VULNERABILITY.

SO IF RELIABILITY IS SAYING, HEY, UM, YOU'RE IN A SHORTAGE, VULNERABILITY IS THEN GONNA CAPTURE THE MAGNITUDE OF THAT SHORTAGE.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, IT'S A DIFFERENCE IF YOU'RE OFTEN A LITTLE BIT SHORT, THAT'S A LESS BAD SITUATION THAN IF YOU'RE OFTEN A LOT SHORT.

AND SO VULNERABILITY IS CAPTURING THE DEPTH OF THOSE SHORTAGES, UM, SO THAT WE'RE ABLE TO KIND OF COMPARE, UM, YOU KNOW, 90% RELIABILITY WITH A MUCH HIGHER VULNERABILITY SCORE WOULD BE BETTER THAN 90% RELIABILITY WITH A LOWER SCORE INDICATING THAT WE'VE GOT, UM, MUCH MORE SHORTAGE ANYTIME WE'RE SHORT.

OKAY.

COOL.

THANK YOU.

12:50 PM CAN, SORRY, THIS IS SARAH.

CAN YOU JUST SAY THAT LAST PART AGAIN ABOUT HOW THE SCORES WORK? UM, SO, AND THIS IS ALL KIND OF SUBJECT TO CHANGE, THIS IS, UH, HOW WE'VE SORT OF DEFINED EVERYTHING, UM, THE FIRST PASS.

BUT, SO THE COST IS SORT OF, YOU KNOW, WE WANNA REDUCE COSTS AND TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY INCREASE RELIABILITY, RESILIENCY, AND VULNERABILITY, UM, SCORES, BECAUSE, UH, IMPROVING IN EACH OF THOSE METRICS MEANS A BETTER OUTCOME.

SO RELIABILITY IS THE FREQUENCY OF SHORTAGE, SO HOW OFTEN YOU AREN'T ABLE TO MEET DEMAND, EXCUSE ME, I'M SORRY.

I HEARD THAT PART.

I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THE NUMBERS.

LIKE WHAT IS THE RANGE? ARE YOU, IS THIS, YOU'RE TRYING TO REACH A HUNDRED? LIKE WHAT DO THOSE NUMBERS INDICATE? OH, YEAH.

OKAY.

RIGHT NOW THEY'RE ALL SCALED YEAH.

FROM ZERO TO A HUNDRED.

SO THE GOAL WOULD BE THE BEST SCORE FOR EACH OF THEM WOULD BE A HUNDRED.

UM, SO WE'D BE TRYING TO APPROACH THAT WHILE ALSO, UM, LIKE ROB WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, MAINTAINING A TRADE OFF WITH COST.

DID THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? I'M SORRY.

YEAH.

AND THEN MY OTHER QUESTION WAS LIKE, IN TERMS OF COST, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT, UM, LIKE WHAT GOES INTO DETERMINING AN ESTIMATED COST? IS IT SUPPLY AND INFRASTRUCTURE? DOES IT INCLUDE REGULATORY APPROVAL? LIKE WHAT ALL GOES INTO COST? SURE.

UM, MAY, I CAN GIVE A HIGH LEVEL EXPLANATION AND THEN MAYBE ROB, YOU CAN EXPLAIN HOW IT'S CALCULATED IN THE MODEL, BUT WE'RE USING THE, UM, COSTS THAT WERE DEVELOPED FOR THE MODELING CHARACTERIZATION, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS PRESENTED TO THE TASK FORCE YOU ONE OR TWO MONTHS AGO.

AND SO THOSE INCLUDE CAPITAL COSTS AS WELL AS OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS.

UM, I BELIEVE THERE ARE, WE USE THE UNIFIED COSTING MODEL, UM, FOR THE STRATEGIES.

AND THAT DOES INCLUDE, I BELIEVE, UH, ASSUMPTIONS FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING, LEGAL, UH, KIND OF ALL OF THOSE, UH, INITIAL CAPITAL COSTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THE UNIFIED COSTING MODEL.

WE'RE WRAPPED INTO THAT, AND THEN WE UNITIZE THEM.

SO DIVIDE BY THE NUMBER OF, OF ACRE FEET WHERE YOU EXPECT THE STRATEGY TO YIELD AS WELL AS THE LIFETIME OF THE STRATEGY.

AND YOU GET KIND OF THAT UNIT COST FOR EACH OF THEM.

UM, SO THAT WE'RE ABLE TO COMPARE SORT OF APPLES TO APPLES OVER THESE DIFFERENT PLANNING HORIZONS AND THESE DIFFERENT YIELDS BECAUSE THE MODELS LOOKING AT, YOU KNOW, UH, HOW WELL DOES THE PORTFOLIO DO WITH 50,000 ACRE FEET OF ONE STRATEGY VERSUS 20,000 ACRE FEET.

SO YOU NEED THE COST TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF APPLY TO EVERYTHING.

SO WE'RE USING THAT UNIT COST AT THIS POINT TO

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DO THAT.

AND THEN ONCE WE IDENTIFY FROM THIS ANALYSIS, THE PORTFOLIOS THAT WE WANNA DELVE INTO IN MORE DEPTH, UM, FOR THAT MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION MAKING ANALYSIS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO THE COSTS AND SAY, OKAY, NOW THAT WE'VE IDENTIFIED THAT IT'S 50,000 ACRE FEET THAT WE WANT FOR THIS STRATEGY, LET'S GO BACK TO THAT UCM AND MAKE SURE, UM, ALL OF THE ASSUMPTIONS ARE FOR THAT SPECIFIC SIZE.

YEAH.

UM, AND ROB, DO YOU WANNA MAYBE EXPLAIN A DON'T, I DON'T HAVE YEAH, I'D MUCH TO ADD TO, TO YOUR, YOUR FACTUAL INFORMATION.

I, I JUST SAY THAT, UM, UM, WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO TAKE, UM, THE, UM, THE, YOU KNOW, FOR EACH OF THESE STRATEGIES, THEY'RE ALL LAID OUT IN, IN A BIG SPREADSHEET WITH TWO SHEETS FOR EACH STRATEGY.

UH, WE PULL THE NUMBERS OFF THE SPREADSHEETS AND STICK IT INTO THE MODEL.

UM, AND, UM, UH, AND WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF ESSENTIALLY TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, SUMMARIZE THE INFORMATION IN, UH, IN THOSE SPREADSHEETS IN COMPARABLE GRAPHICS AND TABLES, WHICH EVENTUALLY WILL GO INTO A REPORT.

BUT, UM, I THINK MAYBE A GOAL IS TO, UH, TRY TO BRING BACK AT LEAST A COUPLE OF THOSE AND SHOW THEM TO YOU SO WE CAN KIND OF GIVE YOU A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF HOW THE, THESE NUMBERS, YOU KNOW, GO INTO THE MODEL AND, AND HOW, HOW THE DIFFERENT, UH, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ARE COMPARED, YOU KNOW, 'CAUSE THE, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS GET THEM ALL ON SORT OF EQUAL FOOTING, UM, UM, AS, AS WE, YOU KNOW, LOOK AT THE COMPARED, CONSTRUCT DIFFERENT PORTFOLIOS AND COMPARE THEM.

OH, PAUL HAS A QUESTION, PAUL.

HEY, THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, THIS IS ALL REALLY INTERESTING.

I, MY COMMENT SLASH QUESTION, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL BE ANSWERABLE HERE.

IT'S, IT'S BASED ON SOME FEEDBACK I GAVE, I THINK ON THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES A WHILE BACK.

AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF THERE'S REALLY A PLACE FOR THIS.

UM, BUT I WANTED TO BRING IT UP.

I'M JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S A POSSIBLE CRITERION OR SCORE THAT WE COULD HAVE THAT WOULD ASSESS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF THE PROJECTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THESE PORTFOLIOS.

MM-HMM.

AND MEAN.

WE'RE, WE'RE DOING A LOT ALREADY, BUT I JUST DON'T KNOW.

LIKE, WHAT I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SEEING IS YEAH, SOME OF THE OTHER EXTERNALITIES THAT WE CARE ABOUT, UM, JUST AS IT RELATES TO ALL THESE PROJECTS.

I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S INCLUDED ANYWHERE.

UH, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO EVALUATE, MAYBE THAT HAPPENS AT A LATER STAGE, BUT I'D BE INTERESTED IN SEEING A SCORE FOR SOME OF THESE.

MM-HMM.

.

YEAH, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

AND YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT.

WE DO PLAN TO EVALUATE THAT AT A LATER STAGE.

UM, SO THE WAY WE'VE LAID OUT THE METHODOLOGY FOR THIS, UM, THIS UPDATE, WE'D BE KIND OF IDENTIFYING THOSE TOP PERFORMING PORTFOLIOS AND THEN PUTTING THEM THROUGH THAT MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION MAKING ANALYSIS THAT WILL SORT OF LAYER IN ALL THE, UM, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE EXTERNALITIES THAT AREN'T CAPTURED IN A SIMPLE SORT OF COST AND PERFORMANCE METRICS.

SO THINGS LIKE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, UM, EQUITY IMPACTS, UM, UH, KIND OF ALL OF THE DIFFERENT CRITERIA THAT YOU AS A TASK FORCE HAVE DEVELOPED EARLIER ON IN THE PROCESS WOULD COME INTO PLAY WHEN WE COMPARE THOSE, UM, TOP PERFORMING PORTFOLIOS.

AND THAT'S, UM, HOW WE'RE PLANNING TO DO IT, I GUESS, FOR THIS UPDATE.

BUT DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE COULD ALWAYS LOOK AT TOO IN THE FUTURE, KIND OF AS WE REFINE THIS METHODOLOGY.

UM, YOU KNOW, THERE'S, YOU CAN INCLUDE INFINITE, UH, THINGS TO OPTIMIZE AGAINST, UH, AND THE ART I THINK AS IN, UH, FIGURING OUT WHAT GIVES YOU THE BEST RESULT, THE MOST INFORMATIVE RESULTS.

YEAH.

JUST TO ADD, I MEAN, IF YOU REMEMBER THE, UH, THE CLOUD WE SHOWED YOU EARLIER, UM, YEAH, MAYBE THE BEST APPROACH, AT LEAST THIS AT THIS STAGE IS TO, UM, YOU KNOW, GO THROUGH THE QUANTITATIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CLOUD AND THEN HAVE AT LEAST SOME, SOME, SOME QUALITATIVE JUDGEMENTS TO SAY COLOR THOSE DOTS SO YOU CAN SEE WHICH COMPARE SOME OF THE RELATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.

AND THAT'S CAN CERTAINLY THEN BE A CONSIDERATION, YOU KNOW, IN THE, IN THE PART WHERE THE, THE STAFF LAYERS ON THEIR JUDGEMENTS AND IN CHOOSING WHICH OF THOSE MANY PORTFOLIOS TO BRING FORWARD.

YEAH.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

I, THAT'S HELPFUL.

I HAD, HONESTLY, SORRY, I'D FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE MULTI CRITERIA ANALYSIS STAGE.

I KIND OF GET LOST IN ALL OF THE DIFFERENT STAGES NO, NO.

OF THE PLANNING PROCESS.

UM, BUT I APPRECIATE YOU REMIND ME.

YEAH, NO, THANKS FOR MENTIONING THAT.

'CAUSE IT'S, IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY GOOD TO HIGHLIGHT THAT ON OUR TO-DO LIST.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? AND I CAN'T SEE ALL THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS, SO IF, UH, YOU HAVE A QUESTION, GO AHEAD AND SPEAK UP.

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ALRIGHT.

SCENE OR HEARING NONE.

UH, THANK YOU HELEN AND ROB FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, SO

[4. Update on Water Forward 2024 Demand Management Strategies]

NEXT UP IS ITEM FOUR, UPDATE ON WATER FORWARD 2024 DEMAND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES.

THANK YOU.

UH, THERESA LU HERE AGAIN UP FOR THIS ITEM AGAIN, WE WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON OUR WATER 4 24 DEMAND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES PROCESS.

UH, TODAY'S PRESENTATION, WE WANNA FOCUS ON THE TASK FORCE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED.

OH, I'M GONNA ADVANCE, SORRY.

UH, LET'S SEE, UH, THE TASK FORCE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED ON THE, THE DEMAND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES SINCE OUR LAST MEETING.

SEE, AND THAT WAS A CONSTANT LEVEL LAKE, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT UPDATING THAT ONE .

APPRECIATE THAT COMMENT.

SORRY, SARAH .

OKAY.

UH, SO, UM, SO WE HAD SOME, UM, TASK FORCE FEEDBACK ON THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN AND DRAW CONTINGENCY PLAN.

WANT TO GO OVER THESE, UM, THIS SUMMARY AT A HIGH LEVEL AND JUST, UM, TALK THROUGH EACH ONE.

UH, WE HAVE THE, UH, RECOMMENDATION FOR THE STAFF TO REPORT ON NECESSARY CHANGES TO THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN TO MEET THE TRAJECTORY SET IN THE 2019 GOALS FOR THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN, INCLUDING SPECIFIC MEASURES AND PROJECTED WATER CONSERVATION, UH, WATER SAVINGS.

UM, ALSO LAUNCH A HIGH PROFILE EDUCATION PROGRAM THROUGH AUSTIN WATER UNIVERSITY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DROUGHT AND PROMOTE WATER REDUCTION CREATION OF SEPARATE EDUCATIONAL GRAPHICS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SECTORS.

TO CLARIFY WATERING SCHEDULES, CONCERN WAS RAISED ABOUT, UH, AIMING FOR LESS THAN 1% REDUCTION IN WATER CONSUMPTION OVER FIVE YEARS DUE TO INCREASING HEAT AND INSUFFICIENT WATER.

UH, REPLENISHMENT FURTHER ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INCREASING REBATES FOR VOLUNTARY RECLAIMED HOOKUPS TO REDUCE DEMAND FOR POTABLE WATER AND INCREASE PUBLIC OVERSIGHT INTO SERVICE EXTENSION REQUESTS.

THEN THE, UM, ADDITIONAL TACTICAL DEMAND MANAGEMENT FEEDBACK.

WE RECEIVED COMPLETION OF RECLAIMED HOOKUPS TO THE, UH, NEW TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE ASSESSMENT OF EXISTING AND NEAR TERM RECLAIM WATER PIPING NETWORK TO IDENTIFY FACILITIES WITH HIGH NON-POTABLE DEMANDS FOR POTENTIAL HOOKUPS.

EVALUATION OF THE STATE CAPITAL COMPLEX AND UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CAMPUS FOR A COMPLETE CONVERSION TO RECLAIM WATER FOR NON-POTABLE PURPOSES.

EVALUATION OF LARGE NON-POTABLE CUSTOMERS CITYWIDE FOR POSSIBLE HOOKUPS TO THE RECLAIM SYSTEM WATER SYSTEM, EXPAND ONSITE REUSE ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE MID-SIZE AND SMALLER BUILDINGS.

THEN THE, UM, THE, THE WATER FOUR DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, UH, FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED SINCE THE LAST MEETING.

THESE, THESE WERE ALL, UH, WRITTEN, UH, COMMENTS THAT WE RECEIVED.

COMPARISON OF WATER USAGE FOR SIMILAR SIZE HOUSES WITHIN MY A TX WATER AND TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR LOCAL LANDSCAPERS AND GARDEN NURSERIES AS PART OF A WATER EFFICIENT, WATER EFFICIENT AND NATIVE LANDSCAPE PROGRAM.

IN ADDITION, THERE WAS A WATER 4 24 WORKING GROUP MEETING.

UH, SO THIS, UM, TO RECAP, THERE WAS ALSO, UM, NOTES FROM THAT MEETING PROVIDED IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIALS AND THE MEETING MATERIALS THAT ARE POSTED AND THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED.

UM, THE WORKING GROUP HAD SOME DISCUSSION AND, AND DISCUSSED THE WRITTEN FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS AND THEN RECEIVED SOME FURTHER, UH, FEEDBACK ON EXISTING COMMENTS.

UM, A COUPLE OF THOSE ITEMS TO HIGHLIGHT HERE PROVIDE A CER CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TAILORED FOR LANDSCAPERS AND LANDSCAPE

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ARCHITECTS, ENABLING THEM TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR EXPERTISE IN BUILDING WATER EFFICIENT LANDSCAPES.

ALSO COLLABORATE WITH THE TEXAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY TO ENHANCE INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS FOR LANDSCAPERS AND INCORPORATING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PLANTS BASED ON ROOT DEPTH AND THEIR, UH, UH, BENEFIT TO STORMWATER INFILTRATION.

SO, LET'S SEE.

I BELIEVE THAT, UH, BRINGS US TO NEXT STEPS.

SO, UH, THIS SUMMER WE WILL BE WORKING TO REVIEW THE TOTAL WATER DEMAND AND, UH, DEMAND REDUCTION GOALS FOR THE NEAR TERM, UH, FOR THE WITHIN WATER 4 24 FOR THE FIVE AND 10 YEARS.

UH, IDENTIFY SPECIFIC TACTICAL MEASURES TO IMPLEMENT, UH, TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS, ASSIGN COSTS AND YIELDS TO THOSE MEASURES, AND INCLUDE MEASURES IN THE WATER 4 24 RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEN ALSO IN A REVISED WATER CONSERVATION PLAN AND DCP, UH, WITH THE, UM, GOAL OF HAVING THAT INFORMATION IN INCORPORATED IN THE PLANS TO GO BACK TO, TO COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER.

LET'S SEE, SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'D BE HAPPY TO TRY TO ANSWER THOSE.

UM, AGAIN, WE'LL, WE'LL BE PROVIDING THIS FEEDBACK THROUGH THE PROCESS TO, UH, WORK THROUGH IDENTIFYING IF THERE ARE COMPONENTS THAT CAN BE QUANTIFIED AND INCORPORATED INTO, UH, THE PLANNING PROCESS AND WORK THOSE THROUGH THIS SUMMER.

SO WE'LL BE HAVING ANOTHER, UM, UH, UPDATE AT THE JULY MEETING AS WE CARRY THE, THIS PROCESS BOARD OVER, UM, YOU KNOW, TO, UM, REACH OUR GOALS FOR THE SUMMER.

ANY QUESTIONS? YES, I HAVE A, A QUESTION THAT'S KIND OF RELATED, UM, IN THE WORKING GROUP.

I REMEMBER US DISCUSSING ABOUT THE SURVEY THAT WAS POTENTIALLY GONNA BE SENT OUT AND I JUST WANTED TO ASK WHERE OR THE THOUGHTS ON WHEN THAT WOULD BE SENT? WOULD IT BE BENEFICIAL TO WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE THOSE COST ANALYSIS BEFORE GETTING THE PUBLIC TO GIVE INPUT SO THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY WEIGH IN LOOKING AT THE FINANCIAL SIDE AS WELL? UM, EMILY, DO YOU HAVE A INFORMATION ON THAT ONE? UM, YEAH, WE DID DISCUSS THAT AND I DON'T THINK WE'VE LANDED ANYWHERE SPECIFIC YET.

UM, BUT I THINK WE'RE LEANING TOWARDS WAITING TILL WE HAVE THE COSTS, UM, AND YIELD INFORMATION TO PROVIDE THAT IN THE SURVEY TO SEND OUT.

SARAH.

THANKS.

UM, ON THE PREVIOUS SLIDE UNDER STEP ONE IT SAID, UM, REVIEW TOTAL WATER DEMAND AND DEMAND REDUCTION GOALS FOR THE NEAR TERM.

SO I GUESS I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND, DOES THAT MEAN YOU ARE GONNA BE REVISING THE GOALS THAT WERE PRESENTED, RIGHT? UH, OR, YEAH, I THINK THERE, THERE'S A POTENTIAL THAT WE'LL BE REVISING THE GOALS THAT WERE PRESENTED IN THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED BY COUNCIL AS WE WORK THROUGH, UH, THIS PROCESS OVER THE SUMMER AND ALIGNING WITH, UH, WATER 4 24.

OKAY.

AND LIKE, AND SO ALSO JUST LET'S MAKE SURE WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE.

SO YES, IT WAS APPROVED BY COUNSEL, BUT WITH AN UNDERSTANDING THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE REVISED.

SO I DON'T WANNA PUT TOO MUCH WEIGHT INTO THE FACT THAT IT WAS APPROVED BY COUNSEL.

'CAUSE I THINK THAT HAD A BIG PROVISO.

UM, SO, YOU KNOW, LIKE I HAD RECOMMENDED THAT WE FIGURE OUT WHY WE DIDN'T REACH THE GOAL SET IN 2019 MM-HMM.

, AND WE FIGURE OUT HOW WE COULD, SO I JUST WANNA MAKE CLEAR THAT THE WATER UTILITY IS GONNA BE LOOKING AT CHANGING THE GOALS AND HOW WE WOULD GET THERE AND THAT YOU'RE GONNA COME BACK AND TALK TO US ABOUT THAT BEFORE THE GOALS ARE REVISED.

IS THAT THE PLAN? I THINK MARISA HAS SOME COMMENTS ON THAT.

HEY, YEAH, SORRY.

UM, JUST HOPPING IN HERE TO SAY, I THINK SARAH, WHAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING IS WHAT WE HAD IN MIND WHEN WE WERE LAYING OUT THIS, UM, PROGRESSION.

THE FIRST STEP IS KIND OF REVIEWING WHAT THOSE GOALS ARE CURRENTLY WITHIN THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN, AS WELL AS THE POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER DEMAND REDUCTION.

UM, WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH, UM,

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PREPARING, UH, THE COST AND YIELD FROM THE FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVED ON THOSE TACTICAL MEASURES JUST BECAUSE WE'VE GOTTA KEEP THINGS MOVING WITH THE CONSULTANT SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THIS HAPPEN OVER THE COURSE OF THE SUMMER.

AND THEN I THINK IT'LL BE, IT'LL KIND OF ALL REALLY START TO COME TOGETHER ONCE WE SEE THE YIELDS THAT ARE, UM, POSSIBLE FROM THESE TACTICAL MEASURES.

UM, BASED ON THE FEEDBACK THAT THE TASK FORCE GAVE US THAT CAN HELP US TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE COULD POTENTIALLY, UM, REVISE THOSE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN GOALS, UM, AND HOW THAT WOULD TRANSLATE INTO THE WATER FORWARD PLAN.

I THINK WE'RE SAYING THE SAME THING AS WHAT YOU WERE DESCRIBING, UM, AND WE'RE JUST KIND OF WORKING, UH, FURIOUSLY BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD THE DATA AND INFORMATION TO, UM, BACK UP ANY SORT OF REVISED GOALS THAT WE WOULD INCLUDE IN THE WATER CONSERVATION PLAN AND FOLKS IN THE ROOM, UM, FEEL FREE TO ADD TO THAT OR, OR, UM, YOU KNOW, WEIGH IN ON THAT TOO.

ALONG THOSE LINES, IS THE WATER LOSS STUDY GOING TO BE AVAILABLE IN TIME TO BE CONSIDERED AND INCORPORATED? I CAN'T SEE IF ANYBODY IN THE ROOM IS ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING.

I'M REALIZING HOW, UM, CHALLENGING IT IS TO JOIN THESE MEETINGS REMOTELY.

UM, BUT UH, I BELIEVE THAT STUDY IS IN KIND OF THE FINAL REVIEW PHASES.

SO I'M HOPING THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO BE INCORPORATED, UM, AS WE'RE PREPARING OUR PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

AND I THINK BUILDING ON, ON SARAH'S COMMENTS ON KINDA LOOKING AT THE DATA AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S, WHAT'S HAPPENING? I THINK, UH, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK KEVIN, Y'ALL DID A GREAT JOB IN, IN PRESENTING INFORMATION.

I MEAN, I, I ATE IT UP AS A DATA GEEK, BUT, BUT ONE THING I'VE LEARNED ABOUT THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION IS, IS THE, LIKE HOW MUCH INDUSTRIAL USE CAN DISTORT TOTAL GPCD? AND SO THERE, THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE LOOK AND PARSE THE DATA A BIT MORE, UM, JUST TO SEE WHAT, UM, YOU KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW THERE'S LIKE STATE REQUIRED METRICS THAT YOU HAVE TO PRESENT WHEN YOU SUBMIT IN A WATER CONSERVATION PLAN, BUT, BUT THERE MIGHT BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF TEASE THINGS OUT MORE.

UM, YOU KNOW, MY SENSE IS, AND I HAVEN'T SEEN THE DATA, MY SENSE IS WE WE'RE GOING MORE MULTIFAMILY AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO GO MORE, MORE MULTIFAMILY.

AND SO THAT HAS AN IMPACT ON RESIDENTIAL GPCD.

YOU KNOW, MAYBE THERE'S WAYS TO, IF IF YOU HAVE THE GRANULARITY IN YOUR DATA, YOU CAN KINDA START SEPARATING THAT OUT AND JUST KIND OF SEEING WHAT THAT, THAT LOOKS LIKE.

UM, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, AND THEN ALSO, I MEAN, WE'VE BEEN IN A DROUGHT, UM, I GUESS PROBABLY MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THE, THE LAST FIVE YEAR REPORTING PERIOD THAT HAS AN IMPACT.

UM, I THINK, YOU KNOW, TRADITIONALLY, YOU KNOW, I SAY TRADITIONALLY LIKE 15, 20 YEARS AGO, THE THOUGHT WAS WHEN, WHEN A TEXAS COMMUNITY WENT IN THE DROUGHT, THE WATER USE WENT UP.

UM, THEN I THINK THERE WAS LIKE GOOD THINGS THAT WERE DONE AROUND THE STATE AND WATER CONSERVATION AND, AND DROUGHT MANAGEMENT THAT, THAT THEN WE STARTED SEEING THINGS GO DOWN AND NOW IT SEEMS LIKE MAYBE WE'RE SEEING THINGS GO UP AND MAYBE, MAYBE THAT'S A NATURAL PROGRESSION OF, YOU KNOW, IF PEOPLE GET MORE EFFICIENT, UM, DURING DROUGHT, THEY WIND UP USING MORE WATER.

I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE, THOSE ISSUES TOO.

SO COULD GET YOU ANOTHER THESIS, A MASTER'S DEGREE IF YOU WANT IT.

OH, I'M SORRY, BILL.

OH, THERE YOU'RE, YOU'RE UP BILL.

SORRY, MISSED YOU.

I'M, I'M LOOKING