Water conservation by the yard-estimated savings from outdoor watering restrictions

March 2015

Outdoor water use, particularly lawn watering, accounts for almost one third of annual residential water use in Texas, and can represent a much higher percentage during our hot, dry summers. Studies show that homeowners have a tendency to overwater landscapes by as much as two to three times the amount needed.

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Desalination: Is it Worth its Salt?

November 2013

Desalination is often viewed as a solution to many water supply problems and is often hailed as a ‘drought resistant’ supply. This report explores the environmental, energy, and economic issues surrounding desalination and provides an overview of desalination activities in Texas.

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New desalination plans carry promise, risks

The Daily Texan, November 20, 2015

After the floods in May and recent rains, it’s easy to forget that Texas was, not so long ago, in a serious drought.  In fact, the drought hasn’t ended, and even when it does end, our state will still need to find freshwater resources to meet the needs of a growing population and booming economy.  And we will have to do this while protecting the rivers, springs and lakes that make Texas a beautiful and healthy place to live.  We must remember that developing new water resources can be costly in many ways, and regulators must take steps to minimize those costs.

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Abilene does not need Cedar Ridge to fulfill water needs

Abilene Reporter News, November 15, 2015

Earlier this month, the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group approved the 2015 Brazos G Regional Water Plan, with the price tag going up again on the proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir.

Being included in the regional plan doesn’t necessarily mean that the reservoir will be built — that’s up to the Abilene City Council. It’s time for Abilene residents to take a close look at the $290 million cost to build Cedar Ridge Reservoir — you’ll learn that building it would be a waste of Abilene residents’ money.

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Saltwater barrier may also block freshwater inflows

Corpus Christi Caller-Times, November 11, 2015

Saltwater kills many freshwater organisms and threatens drinking water, so it is smart to prevent bays from backing up into rivers. But at the same time freshwater is necessary for the health of saltwater ecosystems, so it is equally smart to keep rivers flowing into the sea.

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Attorney brings whoopers into water fight again

Victoria Advocate, November 11, 2015

In the words of Mark Twain, whisky is for drinking and water is for fighting over. And, Houston-based attorney Jim Blackburn is again reminding officials that, under the Endangered Species Act, wildlife, too, have a role in the fight.

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Program helps building owners save green to go green: Program can help make buildings energy-efficient

Houston Chronicle, November 6, 2015

The Jewish Community Center wanted to update its 50-year-old building, which still functions with original energy-guzzling mechanical and electrical equipment. But the project’s multimillion-dollar price tag would leave less money available to serve the group’s core mission, said Joel Dinkin, executive vice president of the center.

Now, the 200,000-square-foot building on South Braeswood plans to be one of the first to take advantage of a new program in Houston designed to ease the way for a long-term loan to pay for energy-efficient heating and electrical systems, lighting and a new roof. The community center’s leaders believe it will reduce energy bills and free up money for the services it provides, from early childhood development, senior care and support for arts and culture.

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