Sunset Valley city officials are trying to determine if residents want to create a long term water plan. They’re following suit with many Texas cities that are looking into their water future and needs.
A handful of residents have expressed an interest in an update, so Mayor Rose Cardona and city council members want to explore their options.
Sunset Valley has a well that could pull water from the Edwards Aquifer, but the city doesn't use it. It's an issue that is at the top of the discussion going forward.
Currently the city purchases water from Austin, then the Sunset Valley subsidizes the cost for its residents, primarily with sales tax revenue.
Council members will begin discussing the city's budget as well as the water plan over the next few months. Taking away the subsidy could definitely come up in those discussions.
"We're going to be discussing any and all water issues so it’s definitely something that council and staff and residents get to weigh in on -- what we want to do immediately, mid-term and long-term," Cardona said.
This plan could be five, 10, 15 or even 30 years out. With so many people moving to Austin, the mayor pointed out her concern with the City of Austin's water plans and where water will come from in the future.
You can weigh in on the city's discussion at tonight's 6 p.m. council meeting at the Sunset Valley City Hall, 3205 Jones Road.