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:
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.