Swift action: Water utilities statewide need to develop plans for saving water.
January 26, 2016
The state’s 2012 water plan forecasts that by 2060, water demand will increase by 22 percent, while water supply will decrease by about 10 percent. Yet billions of gallons are lost through leakage in our water utility systems every year. As Texas gets drier and adds population, every drop of water counts.
The state cannot meet the challenge of water supply simply through developing new sources. Utilities need to become more efficient and eliminate waste in their systems. Texas has secured a means to finance enhanced efficiency efforts. Voters approved a state constitutional amendment in 2013 to provide financial assistance for water utilities to pursue projects recommended in state and regional water plans. The state water implementation fund, or SWIFT, won the endorsement of environment groups, such as the Sierra Club, in part because the legislation accompanying SWIFT contained a conservation component, according to Ken Kramer, water resources chairman for the Texas Sierra Club.
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