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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Conservation stressed in new water efficiency plan

Community Impact, Impact News, May 13, 2015

For the first time since 2011 the North Texas Municipal Water District, which provides Frisco’s water, has terminated its drought restriction stages and moved into its normal water conservation plan.

The district’s conservation plan, which outlines the minimum guidelines for its member cities to follow, allows residents to water up to twice per week during Daylight Savings Time, except for the hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The city of Frisco, however, in an effort to continue to be a leader in water conservation, is asking its residents to use water more frugally than the NTMWD is allowing.

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Key ruling stands in aquifer lawsuit

San Antonio Express News, May 12, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court let stand a ground-breaking decision in favor of a Medina County pecan grower who objected to the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s limits on water pumping permits.

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State Supreme Court Punts on Major Water Case

Texas Tribune, May 1, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court made news Friday for what it didn’t do. To the surprise of a bevy of water rights experts, the court turned away a high-profile case seeking clarity on murky groundwater laws.

As the state’s lakes and rivers dwindle under drought and the demands of swelling population, competition for groundwater sources continues to intensify. How much water landowners can pump, and who has the authority to limit them, are proving crucial questions.

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Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege

New York Times, April 12, 2015

FABENS, Tex. — On maps, the mighty Rio Grande meanders 1,900 miles, from southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. But on the ground, farms and cities drink all but a trickle before it reaches the canal that irrigates Bobby Skov’s farm outside El Paso, hundreds of miles from the gulf.

Now, shriveled by the historic drought that has consumed California and most of the Southwest, that trickle has become a moist breath.

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