Monthly Featured Story - August 2015 | Texas Water Development Board

Conserve today because rain, rain, it goes away August 2015

Rainfall is in some ways a mirage. It makes our grass greener and our lakes bluer, and yet it doesn't represent the reality of our water supply. Texas' recent rains have taken us out of drought, but that doesn't mean we have water.

To power our expanding economy and support our growing population, Texas is investing in affordable and sustainable water projects. The cheapest water is the water we already have, which is why conservation remains the bedrock of our water development efforts in Texas. Almost 35 percent of the supply volume from current state water plan projects needed to help ensure Texans have water for the next 50 years comes from conservation and reuse projects (and over time, more and more conservation projects will be needed).

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) supports water conservation efforts for all types of water users in Texas, including rural and agricultural producers, utilities and water providers, the general public, students, regional water planning groups, and anyone interested in preserving our most precious natural resource.

Some water conservation is achieved in the normal course of daily activities, such as flushing a low-flow toilet, showering with a low-flow showerhead, or watering your lawn no more than once a week. Other forms of conservation are achieved through education and programs designed specifically to reduce water usage.

No matter how it's done, conserving water is common sense. We know we need more water for the future, we know drought will come again, and we know rain isn't always in the forecast. We should know by now that wasting the water we have is never an option.

Find out how you can help conserve more water by reading about the TWDB's various conservation efforts. Every drop counts!

Agricultural conservation

The economic viability of the state depends upon a strong agricultural economy. The TWDB helps agricultural producers maximize irrigation efficiency through grants, loans, outreach, and efficiency tools.

Water loss audits and leak detection

The TWDB reviews the state-mandated water loss audits but is also available to provide water audit assistance and review water audit worksheets with utility managers. The TWDB also loans acoustical leak detection and ultrasonic flow meter testing equipment to help assist utilities identify leaks and determine flow rates.

Water IQ

Water IQ is a statewide water conservation public awareness program. Water suppliers, utilities, cities, state agencies, school districts, and nonprofit groups can participate at no cost and learn more about their water use habits by providing information about their local and regional water conservation efforts.

School education

The TWDB serves students from Kindergarten to 12th grade with curriculum including Major Rivers (4th and 5th grade), Raising Your Water IQ (middle school) and Water Exploration (high school). All of the TWDB's major educational programs were designed with help from Texas educators, are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, and help students, educators, and parents learn about key concepts in water resources and conservation

Water conservation plans

The Water Conservation Plan is a strategy for reducing water consumption and water loss, improving or maintaining the efficiency of water use, or increasing recycling and reuse of water and must be revised every 5 years. Entities that apply or receive more than $500,000 in financial assistance from the TWDB, provide potable water to more than 3,300 connections, or submit a water conservation plan with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are required to submit a plan to the TWDB and report annually on its implementation. The TWDB is available to provide assistance in developing and implementing water conservation programs, including utilizing conservation best management practices as appropriate for each water supplier.