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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County utilities losing millions to leaky pipes

Galveston Daily News, April 30, 2016

Galveston County is losing as much as $9 million worth of water each year, largely due to leaks and breaks in the water systems.

Across the county, the equivalent of nearly 3,000 Olympic-size swimming pools of water escapes from leaks or breaks in distribution systems yearly, according to a Daily News analysis of water audit reports kept by the Texas Water Development Board.

In La Marque, the amount of water lost in 2014 accounts for more than half of the treated water the utility buys. In Galveston and Texas City, audit reports from recent years indicate about a fifth of the water those utilities purchase is lost before making it to the tap. That number hovers closer to 8 percent 2014 in League City, according to the audits.

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Texas Environmental Flows Initiative innovates sustainable water usage, honored by White House Water Summit

The University Star, April 4, 2016

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State and initiative partners were honored by the the White House Water Summit for their innovation in securing sustainable water resources.

The Meadows Center was recognized for committing to the development of the foundational science and market analysis to initiate a water-transaction market in Texas for the benefit of bays and estuaries.

Sharlene Leurig, Texas Environmental Flows program director, makes sure the scientists, legal experts and all other people looking to help get the work they need to reach their goal of finding and purchasing water for the environment in Texas.

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Stressed Texas Rivers Could Mean Too Little Water For Galveston Bay: The future health of Galveston Bay may be threatened by a lack of fresh-water. It’s an issue at the center of “water use” rules under revision in Austin.

Houston Public Media, March 22, 2016

Galveston Bay took a hit back in 2011 during the big drought. So little freshwater was coming into the bay from the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers that it became saltier than what sea creatures consider ideal.

“One of the key species that suffer the most are oysters,” said Paula Paciorek, Water Resources Coordinator with the Galveston Bay Foundation. She told News 88.7: “Oysters don’t do well in high salinity levels.”

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Conference Materials: 2016 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium New Frontiers in Water Conservation

United Way Community Resource Center – 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX
Wednesday, March 9th
From 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Topics presented: American water demand trends and the future of water conservation; Water conservation’s role in the Gulf Coast’s future water supply; How assessing deferred costs can lead to big savings in water and money; How to use digital marketing to influence behavior and attitudes; Strategies from leaders to access big savings from outdoor water […]

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Participation flowing for Pflugerville Drop by Drop program

My Statesman, March 7, 2016

Last spring, Linda Ramirez ripped out a section of St. Augustine grass in her backyard and planted drought-resistant shrubs and trees to reduce her water usage — and the city of Pflugerville paid half the cost.

Ramirez received the extra funds through Pflugerville’s Drop by Drop Landscaping Rebate Program, which has been available to Pflugerville water customers since 2001. The program is a way to encourage water conservation by using drought-tolerant plants in landscaping and beautify the city, said the program’s manager, Eddie Garcia.


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