As climate change and fast-paced growth proceeds in Austin, there is growing concern to both secure water supply for the future while conserving a finite resource for our region. Will you pledge to support an Austin future that prioritizes conservation, reuse, and local water supplies, and to oppose actions that would require pumping of groundwater in either the Edwards Aquifer or the Carrizo/Simsboro aquifers east of Austin beyond a sustainable level that matches rates of recharge? Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Danielle Skidmore

City Council, District 9

Rating: 9

First and foremost, we must focus on conservation and reuse. Groundwater resources in the Bastrop County area of Carrizo/Simsboro aquifer should only be considered for Austin’s water supply needs if they can be developed sustainably. Environmental conservation and sustainability are one of the four main pillars of my platform, but we also can’t end up like Cape Town!