Regional water planners have drafted a revised blueprint for meeting the water needs of the Houston-Galveston area and neighboring counties for the next 50 years, and they are seeking your opinion on the draft. Although the plan has many good features and recommends more water conservation than previous versions, in its current form it proposes costly water infrastructure projects far in excess of water needs, and it fails to recommend some major conservation strategies.
Water is essential for both people and the environment, but overbuilding of water projects has tremendous financial, social, and environmental costs. The draft “Region H” water plan needs to tailor the recommended water projects to only those that are truly needed. If not, efforts to conserve and use water more efficiently will be undermined. Moreover, more conservation efforts, such as ongoing but reasonable restrictions on outdoor landscape watering, would help the region reduce water needs.
These hot August days remind us that we always need to conserve our precious water resources. Let’s make sure our regional water plan does that!
For more information about the Region H water plan, click here.