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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Many water providers list their supply sources online, which means that information is often a quick search away. For example, if you live in Houston and search “Houston water supply source,” the first result is a page from the City of Houston’s Public Works Department that includes a section about where the city gets its water.

If you’re unable to find this information online, you can call your water provider and ask. Water providers are used to getting questions like this and should be able to quickly share this information with you.

Not sure who provides your water? This information is listed on your monthly water bill.

First, familiarize yourself with the content on this website so that you know what potential impacts and flags you should be aware of and take into consideration. If a new water supply project has been proposed in your community, you can reach out to your decision-makers to make sure they are studying these potential impacts and publicly sharing the results.

If you aren’t sure whether your community is conducting the right studies or have questions about how to interpret the results, reach out to the Texas Living Waters Project team. We are available as a resource to help you be an advocate for your water resources.

Texas’ State Water Plan website has a robust searchable database that allows you to find the strategies that have been recommended for your region or county, as well as the expected decade in which the project will be completed. To do this, simply use the search bar near the top of the page and search by REGION or COUNTY.

The list of recommended projects does tend to include difficult or technical language. If you aren’t sure what a specific strategy is, you can return to the search bar and search by WMS TYPE to see if that water management strategy is listed as an option. If so, the results page will include an explanation.

If you aren’t sure how to interpret a recommended strategy for your county or region, or if you want to know its implementation status, the most direct way to find this information is to contact the listed project sponsor or a county representative. Our team is also available to help.

I have time I can use to advocate for my water future

  1. Learn more about the water planning process and get involved with your region’s planning group, either as a stakeholder or an attendee (meetings are open to the public).
  2. Water utilities are working on their Water Conservation Plans, which are due May 2019. Ask your utility how they are engaging the public in this process and how you can get involved. If there aren’t currently any engagement opportunities, encourage them to become more transparent as they plan for your community’s water future.
  3. Pay attention as new projects are proposed in your community or region and speak up during public comment periods or at public meetings. If your community proposes high-impact projects without a strong water conservation foundation, speak out about the importance of prioritizing water conservation measures before implementing costly water infrastructure projects.
  4. Reach out to your community leaders and water provider and let them know how important it is to you that they plan wisely wisely for Texas’ water future. We encourage you to use our recommendations as a guide or talking points for this correspondence.

I'm short on time but want to make a difference

  1. Let us contact your decision-makers on your behalf. Endorse our recommendations for Texas’ water future.
  2. Help us continue to speak up for fresh water for every living thing. Donate to support our work – every bit counts.
  3. Knowledge is power, so be sure to pass it on. Share this guidebook with your friends and colleagues and encourage them to learn more about their water future. If you’re a member of an organization or group that may be interested in learning more, contact us about the possibility of presenting to your organization.
  4. Use water wisely in your own home. That can be as simple as doing fewer loads of laundry, or it can include landscaping with drought-resilient plants and rain gardens.

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