Advisory Council Releases Best Management Practices to Further Conservation Efforts

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

Austin (November 18, 2013) - The Texas Water Development Board in coordination with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Water Conservation Advisory Council announced the release of 11 Best Management Practice updates or additions on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

"Water conservation is critical in meeting our future water needs and is the least expensive source of new water.  These practices offer specific guidance for how Texans can use this precious resource more efficiently," explained Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board.

The Best Management Practices Guide was released in 2004, and the Water Conservation Advisory Council has updated or added practices as technology and ideas advanced.  Best Management Practices are offered as tools for water planning groups, water providers, and users to increase how efficiently they use water.  The practices are often included in regional water plans as conservation efforts.  The Council works on Best Management Practices in several categories, including agriculture, commercial and institutional, industrial, municipal, and wholesale.

The Council developed the practices over the last year with the help of stakeholders and the public.  Efforts were updated through conference calls, the website, and Council meetings.  For the full Best Management Practice Guide along with individual practices, please visit the Best Management Practices website.

To learn more about the Water Conservation Advisory Council and its efforts in water conservation, visit the Water Conservation Advisory Council website or contact Ms. Katherine Thigpen, Council Support Staff by email or (512) 463-1667.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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