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

Know where your water comes from and learn about your local water system. A 2011 poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy revealed that a majority of Americans do not know the source of their drinking water. Do you know yours? Knowing where your water comes from and how it makes its way from its natural source to your faucet is a meaningful first step towards understanding the connections between our water use and how it may affect the river or aquifer from which it comes.

Curb your water use. Take actions to reduce your water use, both inside and outside your home. Outdoor use accounts for more than 60% of the water used in Texas in the summer months. Consider replacing part of your turf areas with native plants and choose hand watering or drip irrigation over sprinkler systems. Water no more than twice per week and avoid watering during the hottest part of the day when evaporation rates are highest.

Check your water bill to see if includes information about how much water you use each month. Calculate your daily water use in gallons per-person, per-day. Challenge yourself to reduce your number. 

In Your Community

Encourage conservation where you live. Find out what your local water provider does to encourage water conservation by visiting Texas Water IQ. Check with your water supply entity and see what water conservation programs they have in place. Make use of rebate programs and educational materials. Urge your provider and local city council to improve the efficiency of your local water system, use good watering practices in parks and other city properties, limit outdoor watering to no more than twice a week, and adopt a strong rate structure. Additionally, see if you can help to reduce water use at your workplace, school, or church.

At the State Level

Contact your State legislators. Ask them to make sure that any new mechanism for financing the water management strategies in the State Water Plan actually devotes significant funds for the implementation of clearly-defined water conservation programs.

THANK YOU for your help! We wouldn’t be successful without you.

Case Study: Water Conservation in San Antonio

Efforts to reduce water use in San Antonio over the past 3 decades have been tremendously successful. As a result, San Antonio is able to use the same quantity of water to serve many more people than it did over 30 years ago, despite the city’s tremendous growth in population over that period.

Conserving Water to Prepare for Drought

Ongoing water conservation programs are the single best way to set the stage for effective drought response at both the local and state level.

Municipal Water Conservation

Unfortunately, not all cities in Texas are pursuing conservation as aggressively as they could. To reduce local water use, we recommend that cities and local water utilities should adopt seven common-sense measures.

Reducing Outdoor Water Use

Outdoor water use, which mostly means lawn watering, represents one of the largest uses of water in urban areas. Texas cities should implement seven efficiency measures that have a proven track report to reduce this significant water use.

Role of State Government

The State of Texas must take a lead role in encouraging efficient use of limited water resources in communities throughout the state. The Texas Living Waters Project recommends a number of actions to help achieve improved local water conservation.

Top Three Water User Categories in Texas

Water is used for a variety of different purposes in Texas, including municipal, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, and steam-electric power generation. The top three major water user categories in Texas are municipal, agricultural, and industrial.

Useful Links and Resources

Useful links to additional information on water conservation.

Water Conservation Works

Using water wisely is the most economical and environmentally sound way to ensure water is available to meet all critical water needs – including water to support healthy Texas rivers and estuaries.