opinion

Water is not a commodity to be pumped to depletion

San Antonio Express News, March 27, 2017

A recent commentary in the Express-News by Simon Sequeira, the CEO of Quadvest Water & Sewer Utility in Magnolia, attempts to blame all of the state’s water issues on groundwater conservation districts, or GCDs.

The commentary (“The next generation of water wars; Governmental greed siphoning dollars, future from Texans,” March 5) states, “Many of these districts were created to prevent the big cities like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio from coming into their county and taking their water.”

I can agree that many GCDs were created in response to movement of water from rural to urban counties; however, the motives were to prevent the unfettered pillaging of water without any regulatory constraints or concerns about the impact on local landowners and natural resources. In other words, GCDs were created to protect private property rights of every landowner, not just those who want to pump the aquifer to extinction and sell that water for a profit.

 

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Is your water utility taking steps to conserve our most precious resource?

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December 08, 2016

While there are numerous ways to manage water in Texas, conservation is one of the cheapest and most environmentally beneficial strategies that can be used. More and more utilities are understanding these benefits and are implementing water conservation strategies in their communities. A new way to finance water conservation projects is the State Water Implementation […]

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Walker and Redmond: Water utilities can help Texas conservation efforts

Houston Chronicle, December 6, 2016

Ensuring Texas will have abundant water to meet the needs of both humans and wildlife is a huge challenge for the Lone Star State. Fortunately, all of us can play a role in reaching that goal because conserving water is one of the cheapest and most effective tools we have to protect our water supplies.

Many Texas water utilities are now taking this message to heart and are investing in conservation in a big way thanks to low-interest loans made available through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) – a program that was created by the Texas Legislature and subsequently approved by voters in 2013.

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RICHMOND, TX :: SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation

December 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation Projects Is your utility considering whether SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board is an appropriate funding source for managing your water supplies and implementing water saving programs that will benefit your utility and customers in the long term?  The application period for the third round of […]

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Conference Materials: Central Texas SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation Projects

Topics Presented: Is your utility considering whether SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board is an appropriate funding source to support water conservation programs? The time to start evaluating your options and planning to take advantage of SWIFT funding for water conservation is now. Join fellow colleagues to learn the ins and outs of SWIFT […]

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Navigating the SWIFT Application Process: Water Conservation Projects

November 2016

The Texas Living Waters Project has designed Navigating the SWIFT Application Process: Water Conservation Projects to assist small-to-mid-sized utilities in evaluating the funding strategies available to them for implementing their water conservation projects. This document focuses primarily on the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and includes a detailed description of the application process established by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).

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Walker and Spencer: Include needs of wildlife in Texas’ water plans

Trib Talk, November 2, 2016

No one needs to tell Texans that water is a big deal — we know it in our bones. After enduring the drought that stretched from 2011 to 2015, we also know that planning for our future water needs is an urgent matter.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is in the process of revising the rules governing water planning. This is a big deal too. If we don’t manage our most precious resource carefully Texas faces a future of constricted growth, economic decline and a diminished natural heritage.

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Taking the long view on water conservation in Texas

Trib Talk, October 20, 2016

Utility customers in drought-afflicted areas in Texas have lately been faced with what appears, on the surface, to be a paradox: watching their water bills go up even as they use less.

The immediate math is simple. When utilities encourage conservation, customers use less water, which means less revenue for those utilities. But what few utilities and officials — not to mention increasingly frustrated headlines in Texas and across the country — point out is that in actuality, customers who conserve water are using less to pay less over time.

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Conference Materials: SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation Projects

The REC of Grapevine
1175 Municipal Way
Grapevine, TX 76051
June 23, 2016
10 AM - 2:30 PM

The SWIFT Funding workshop covered topics on evaluating options to take advantage of SWIFT funding for water conservation. These topics were based on questions such as: Is your utility considering whether SWIFT funding from the Texas Water Development Board is an appropriate funding source to for managing your water supplies? Fellow colleagues presented on the ins and outs […]

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