Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

May 2016

The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard is the first-of-its-kind in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 300 water utilities in Texas. Based on publicly available information, the Scorecard reveals a wide disparity of effort and information on what is being done to conserve the Lone Star state’s most precious resource: water.

The Scorecard is an evaluation of utilities based largely on their level of effort to advance water conservation, and to a lesser extent on their achievements. Scoring criteria included a utility’s compliance with water conservation planning and reporting requirements, its record on water loss and meeting targets for water use reduction, outdoor watering limits, and rate-based incentives for efficient use of water. Large and medium-size utilities (serving 25,000 customers or more) were evaluated on ten criteria while smaller utilities (serving less than 25,000) were rated on six criteria.

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Facts About Texas Water (English & Spanish)

May 2016

The 2nd edition of Facts About Texas Water is available in English and Spanish.  Facts About Texas Water is intended to give all Texans—young and old, urban and rural— basic information about water that will help us understand this important resource and how to use and protect it.  Facts About Texas Water was prepared for the 7th/8th grade student, but is useful to all Texans that want to learn basic information about your water supply and how to appreciate, conserve, and protect this valuable resource.

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We have a limited amount of printed copies available free of charge for educational activities.  Please contact us to inquire about availability.


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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Pledge to Conserve Water for Galveston Bay and Join Our Ranks!

There’s strength in numbers, and the Galveston Bay Water Brigade needs you! If each one of us takes small steps, together we can march forward to change the future. Every drop of water saved helps ensure Galveston Bay receives the freshwater inflows it needs to maintain healthy populations of birds, oysters, fish, shrimp and other […]

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Weslaco SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation

Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center
2415 East Business 83, Weslaco, TX 78596
October 20, 2016
9 AM - 2:30 PM

SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation Projects The time to start evaluating your options and planning to take advantage of SWIFT funding for water conservation is now.  Is your utility considering whether SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board is an appropriate funding source to for managing your water supplies?  Join fellow colleagues to […]

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Denver starts South Platte River revival: water in works, focus on fish survival

Denver Post, September 1, 2016

Denver’s dreams of a South Platte River with plenty of water and healthy fish advanced this week as utility officials and state biologists unveiled details of a project to revitalize a 40-mile urban stretch.

The Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said they’ve obtained 2,100 acre-feet of water that they will use strictly for environmental purposes. They plan to release the water at the Chatflield Reservoir choke poing — a supply equal to what 4,200 households typically use in a year.

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Paciorek and Stokes: Can Texas get desalination right?

July 15, 2016

Despite numerous logistical challenges, desalination of ocean water does hold real promise for Texas as a supplement to existing water supplies. The real issue is whether state rules for development of desalination plants will provide sufficient protections for our bays and coastal wildlife.

Sometimes it seems Galveston Bay can’t buy a break. During the 2010–2015 drought, the vital flow of fresh water from our rivers and bayous to our bay slowed to a trickle, imperiling commercial fisheries and wildlife as salinity levels rose. In recent months, we have seen the opposite. Historic floods have upset the balance of fresh and salty water that most bay creatures depend on, killing oysters with too much fresh water and washing tons of pollutants into the bay.

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Brush control no help for water supplies, lake sedimentation

Texas A&M Agrilife, July 13, 2016

COLLEGE STATION – Brush control has many benefits, including restoration of wildlife habitat and potentially improved livestock grazing, but water supply enhancement should not necessarily be considered one of them.

That’s the conclusion of a new Texas A&M AgriLife Research study published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, which looked at 85 years of data and investigated impacts of dramatic landscape change on rangeland water resources in Central Texas.

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