Water Forward 2024:
Water Forward 2024:
Water Forward is Austin’s 100-year integrated water resource plan to develop and implement diverse and environmentally conscious water management strategies to adapt to growth, drought, and climate change and ensure a sustainable, resilient, equitable, and affordable water future for our community for the next 100 years.
Water Forward was first approved by Council in November 2018. Since that time Austin Water has begun implementation of near-term plan strategies to help address future water supply needs. Austin Water has now started the process to complete the first 5-year update to the Water Forward plan and is targeting plan completion by 2024. Austin Water will be updating this plan in alignment with community values and will include refreshed demand, climate, and other projections to plan for a range of possible futures.
The Water Forward community engagement process will include virtual and in person engagement opportunities, including public workshops, ongoing Water Forward Task Force meetings, and other events. This page will be used to inform the public of our progress and collect your thoughts on community values related to water.
The purpose of Water Forward is to develop and implement diverse and environmentally conscious water management strategies to adapt to growth, drought, and climate change and ensure a sustainable, resilient, equitable, and affordable water future for our community for the next 100 years.
- Description: Engage the Austin community in a meaningful and intentional way
- Staff have planned a series of community learning sessions, Water Forward University, to share information about the plan update process and key tasks along the way!
- Learn about the Water Forward Plan here: Water Forward Lunch and Learn November 2022 - YouTube
- See how staff are incorporating equity and affordability in this plan update process here: Water Forward University: Equity & Affordability - YouTube
Refine planning methodology
Click here to read about the methodology from the Water Forward 2018 Plan.
Forecast baseline water demands
Estimate and forecast population, employment, and baseline water demands
Update climate & hydrology analysis
Develop streamflow projections that reflect impacts of climate change and drought
Identify water resource needs
Determine preliminary water supply needs by comparing forecasted demands and supply
Identify, screen, and characterize strategies
Develop information about potential water management strategies
Develop and evaluate 50-year water resource portfolios
Develop near-term (50-year) water resource portfoloios to meet future needs
Develop plan recommendations and 100-year adaptive management plan
Develop long-term (100-year) plan recommendations