Heat. I love the heat. Largely because I love an excuse to go find water and cool off. I’m in Austin, Texas and I’ve found just the place to cool off. So if you are in Austin and it’s warm enough you definetly want to check out Barton Springs. It’s where the local cool off.
Barton Springs is a set of four natural water springs located on the grounds of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas resulting from water flowing through the Edwards Aquifer. The largest spring, Main Barton Spring (also known as Parthenia, “the mother spring”) supplies water to Barton Springs Pool, a popular recreational destination in Austin. The smaller springs are located nearby, two with man-made structures built to contain and direct their flow. The springs are the only known habitat of the Barton Springs Salamander, an endangered species.
Main Barton Spring/Parthenia is the most famous, yet least visible of the four springs as it is completely submerged by pool water. Located near the diving board in Barton Springs Pool, the spring’s flow is not always visible at the surface.
The main spring discharges an average flow of about 31 million US gallons per day (1 m³/s). The lowest discharge ever recorded was 9 million gallons per day (0.4 m³/s) during the drought of the 1950s, and the highest discharge ever recorded was 85 million gallons per day (3.7 m³/s) during the December 1991 floods. By comparison, a typical domestic swimming pool holds about 50,000 US gallons (200 m³), and the City of Austin, a city of about 775,000 residents, uses about 220 million US gallons per day for its public water supply system.