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:
Follow your community’s drought contingency plan. During times of drought, reducing or eliminating non-essential uses of water, such as car washing, helps to reduce peak demand. Peak demand is currently used to determine if new reservoirs or other water infrastructure projects need to be built.
Use water as efficiently as possible in and around your home throughout the year. Making the best use of existing water supplies reduces the need to build additional water supply projects that are likely to be both expensive and environmentally damaging.
In Your Community
Get involved in the water planning process in your region. Consider serving on your area’s Regional Water Planning Group. There is a need for active and effective participation by those who are interested in ensuring water for rivers and bays are also supplied while human demands are met. In addition, you can encourage your regional water planners to incorporate conservation more fully into their regional water plans.
Even if you are not a member of a Regional Water Planning Group, you can still make your voice heard. All meetings are open to the public. Verbal comments are welcome during the public comment portion of the meetings, and written comments may also be made to the group. Find the Regional Water Planning Group for your area here.
Advocate for improved water conservation programs for your community. Find out what conservation programs your city or water utility has in place and, where there are shortcomings, urge decision-makers to ensure your water supply and dollars are used as efficiently as possible.
At the State Level
Contact your State legislators. Urge them to: 1) establish clear metrics to determine which projects in the State Water Plan merit State financial assistance, including prioritizing funding for water conservation projects to ensure existing resources are being used at maximum efficiency before new supplies are developed, and 2) improve the water planning process by accounting for water savings resulting from drought management, and by considering all water needs, including the water needed to support healthy rivers and bays.
Read more about the Texas Living Waters Project’s policy recommendations on improving the state water planning process and funding the water plan here.
THANK YOU for your help! We wouldn’t be successful without you.