The 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard offers a detailed analysis of water conservation efforts at over 350 Texas water utilities. The only effort of its kind in Texas, the Scorecard evaluates each utility on a range of criteria including compliance with conservation planning and reporting requirements, its record on water loss and meeting targets for water use reduction, outdoor watering limits, and rate-based incentives for efficient use of water.
Taken in conjunction with the 2016 report, the 2020 Scorecard reveals many utilities are not taking serious actions to advance water conservation.
Materials from the 2020 Scorecard release press conference, webinar, and associated media coverage are available below.
The webinar below provides an in-depth introduction to the 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard. Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director of the Texas Coast and Water Program at the National Wildlife Federation leads the webinar, along with Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair at the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra, and Meghan Bock, Senior Business Analyst at AIQUEOUS.
Topics covered include:
- The Scorecard Methodology
- Key Findings
- Questions and Comments
View presentation materials:
The 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard was officially unveiled at a press conference on June 23, 2020. You can download the press release here and listen to the full conference below:
The Talk+Water podcast produced a special episode on the 2020 Scorecard shortly after its release in June 2020. Todd Votteler, Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal, interviewed Jennifer Walker and Ken Kramer. They discussed the methodology of the Scorecard, its most notable takeaways, and recommendations for water utilities moving forward.
Listen to the episode below:
Houston’s Water Conservation Efforts Lag Other Texas Cities – Katie Watkins, Houston Public Media, June 24, 2020.
Texas Water Conservation Stalls in Latest Scorecard – Roz Brown, Public News Service, June 23, 2020.
Conservation is Essential to Texas’ Future, and it’s Time to Get Serious – Jennifer Walker, guest post on the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation blog, July 16, 2020.
The Top 7 Water Utilities in Texas: What They’re Doing Right – Texas Living Waters, July 15, 2020.