Get Involved

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:

At Home

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.

Drought Contingency Planning

Water utilities across the state prepare for droughts by developing tactical plans, called drought contingency plans, to reduce peak demands and extend water supplies during a drought.

Drought in Texas

Droughts are, and will continue to be, a fact of life in Texas. A drought occurs when there is a lack of adequate precipitation over an extended period of time. Some part of the state is likely to be in a year-long drought once every three years.

Learning from the Current Drought

For many municipalities and water suppliers, the severe drought conditions encountered in 2011 highlighted the inadequacy of existing drought management policies and the need to significantly improve response strategies before the next inevitable drought.

Protecting Rivers During Drought

Water supply projects such as dams, pipelines and pumps that are over-sized to meet peak demand, which could be significantly reduced during drought, negatively impact the health of our rivers, bays, fish and wildlife.

Saving Money and Water During Drought

While droughts can be economically damaging for a region, particularly in agricultural areas, effective drought response planning can help a region prepare for droughts and minimize a drought's economic impact.

State Water Planning and Drought

With the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 1997 and Senate Bill 2 in 2001, the Texas Legislature called for drought response to be an essential part of water planning in Texas.

Useful Links and Resources

Useful links to additional information on drought and drought response planning.

Water Conservation or Drought Response?

The difference between water conservation and drought response is that water conservation is an on-going effort, whereas drought response is a short-term response to a water supply shortage.