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.

The City of San Antonio’s ability to weather the extreme drought conditions of 2011 with relative ease provides a fine example of the benefits of such ongoing programs. By using water efficiently year round, that community had greater water reserves on hand before and during the drought and had a heightened awareness of the need to be particularly frugal in the use of water during the drought.

Other cities and water suppliers in Texas are increasingly recognizing the importance of such ongoing efforts –– as exemplified by Dallas, Fort Worth and Conroe.

Learn more drought response and strategies to improve drought planning at both the state and local level.

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.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help at home, in your community and at the state level to ensure the most efficient use of our existing water supplies.

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.