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In Texas, three things are certain: death, taxes and drought. The best way to prepare for all of them is to plan ahead. For the first two, you’re on your own. But for drought, we’re all in this together. We know drought is coming, we know it’s inevitable, and we know conserving water is our best new source of water. We can’t stop drought but, between us, we can be ready.
The Texas Living Waters Project is committed to protecting our shared water resources by helping Texas plan for inevitable drought.
We do this by:
Droughts are, and will continue to be, a fact of life in Texas. A drought occurs when there is lack of adequate precipitation over an extended period of time.
During a drought, not as much rainfall fills our rivers and reservoirs or recharges our aquifers. This lack of rainfall, combined with extreme heat, has devastating impacts on our state, causing drinking water shortages, severe wildfires, loss of human life and property, and other environmental and economic damages.
Instead of relying narrowly on drought response as a short-term fix for water supply shortages, one of the best ways to prepare for drought is to have an excellent year-round water conservation program. Smart water conservation and reducing nonessential water use, such as watering the lawn in the middle of the day or washing cars during summer months, lessens drought’s environmental burdens and saves money by reducing the size of costly water infrastructure.