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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AUSTRALIA: Calif. could learn from nation’s ‘Big Dry’ response

Green Wire, September 28, 2015

Those enduring California’s ongoing drought can look to the world’s smallest continent for a vision of how they might end up because of it.

Through a 13-year drought called the “Big Dry,” Australians buckled down on water conservation and recycling, leaving their nation better prepared than ever for a future world where droughts could strike again.

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Report: Over-irrigation occurring at nearly every Huntsville home reviewed

Huntsville Item, September 13, 2015

The City of Huntsville enjoys being part of the community, working with organizations and individuals on many projects, events and initiatives. Recently, city staff members had the opportunity to assist on a research study with Sam Houston State University.

Associate professor Dr. Tim Pannkuk and assistant professor Dr. Art Wolfskill, in the Department of Agricultural Sciences & Engineering Technology at SHSU, reviewed three years of water usage and lot data for over 1,200 residential units in one local area (customer names and addresses were removed before the material was released to the researchers).


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Water Board Moves to Resolve Reservoir Conflict

Texas Tribune, September 10, 2015

Disagreeing with Dallas-Fort Worth-area water officials, the Texas Water Development Board decided on Wednesday that a years-long conflict over a yet-to-be-built reservoir in the region’s 50-year water plan is serious enough that it should be resolved.

The water-planning agency voted unanimously to deem a disagreement between two contiguous water-planning regions in North and Northeast Texas an “interregional conflict,” setting into motion a third-party mediation that must begin by Oct. 5.

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WaterSmart Pulls Water Savings from the Cloud

Circle of Blue, September 4, 2015

Ideas flow for Robin Gilthorpe, a self-described “outdoor cat”, when he leaves the air-conditioned boxes of modern life.

A few years ago the veteran of the information technology industry biked west out of Denver, retracing the route of an earlier ride, when he noticed the drought-scorched landscape around one of America’s fastest growing cities. Gilthorpe, with 25 years experience at data analysis firms, thought he could bring a new approach to the West’s longstanding water problems.

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Region H water plan leaves region needing a water plan

Galveston Daily News, September 1, 2015

We have written numerous stories in the past few months about the Region H water plan that covers a 15-county area, including Galveston, Brazoria and Harris counties. The current draft for its five-year plan has more than 700 projects and strategies, and, once finalized later this year, will be folded into the 2017 comprehensive statewide water plan, which estimates the state’s future water needs based on projected population changes. Public comment on the draft plan ends today.

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