Texas experienced a record-breaking drought and major wildfires in 2011, creating increased awareness of limited water resources. The problem is expected to continue; according to the state climatologist, the current drought could be just the start of dry spell that could last until 2020.
In 2011, ACC worked to make reclaimed water infrastructure available for the Riverside Campus. It was a collaborative effort between the City of Austin and ACC to prepare the future development of the college and save resources.
In addition, the college has retrofitted water-saving plumbing fixtures throughout the district, including 0.35 gal/min faucet aerators, which cut down water usage by more than 80% from conventional faucets, which consume more than 2 gallons per minute.