We need your help to reform the way Texas manages and allocates our limited water resources to protect our springs, rivers and bays for future generations. Here are some things that you can do today:
Temporarily reduce all non-essential water use during a drought. For example, reduce or eliminate car washes and lawn watering, turn off decorative fountains, and catch unused water from the faucet while you are waiting for it to get hot enough for a shower. Then use that water for other purposes.
Learn where your water comes from and how drought could impact your source. You can start by reading your water supplier’s drought management plan to understand how it protects your water supply. If your supplier’s plan is not available online, call them and ask for a copy. If a drought does occur, follow any recommendations in the plan and help to spread the word.
In Your Community
Contact your water supplier and advocate for improving drought planning and response in your area during the next drought management plan revision process. Most water suppliers are required to submit an updated plan to the State every five years and provide an opportunity for public input during the revision process.
Encourage local media to report on the status of water supply sources and on how much water is being saved when your water supplier implements their drought contingency plan. This can help raise public awareness of the stages of drought in the water supplier’s plan and be a source of community pride. It will also help communities connect their actions to the positive effects they can have on our natural resources during times of drought.
At the State Level
Contact your State legislators and ask them to require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to establish stronger minimum requirements for drought management plans submitted by water suppliers.
THANK YOU for your help! We wouldn’t be successful without you.