opinion

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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opinion

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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Water pipeline construction likely to begin early next year. SAWS forgoes 365-day sprinkler restrictions

San Antonio Express News, November 1, 2016

Construction could begin as soon as January or February on a 142-mile pipeline to deliver water to San Antonio as the company in charge prepares to hit a key financial milestone this week.

On Tuesday, the San Antonio Water System’s board of trustees voted to allow SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente to give Garney Construction clearance to begin work on the pipeline, which would deliver up to 16.3 billion gallons of water per year from aquifers below Burleson County. SAWS hopes the pipeline will make up 20 percent of its supply when water begins flowing in 2020.

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Calvin Finch: Save water and reduce your water bills

San Antonio Express News, October 21, 2016

If you want to reduce your water bill or are just interested in reducing water use as long as it won’t hurt the landscape, consider the following suggestions.

Change your irrigation control from automatic to manual. Especially this time of the year, with its cooler temperatures and shorter days, lawns do not grow as much and only need water every two or three weeks. If you only water when the lawn is dry, an infestation of brown patch fungus is less likely.

Once or twice per year (and whenever you discover a leak) have your irrigation contractor inspect your irrigation system to find and repair leaks and to adjust sprinkler heads to ensure they are covering the lawn evenly.

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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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