Water conservation measures have Texas feeling parched

| August 19, 2013

Everything is bigger in Texas — except for the water supply.

The Texas Water Smart Coalition has urged Texans to be stingy when it comes to using water this summer.

According to an article posted to the Gilmer Mirror, Texas is in the throes of a “record-breaking” and “historical” drought. Lack of rainfall combined with temperatures that regularly soar into the triple digits has created a critical situation for water supply in the Lone Star State. As a result, water conservation measures are in full effect.

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Drought conditions have led to widespread restrictions on water use. From U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirms that “large sections of the state are experiencing exceptional or extreme drought.” A map on the commission’s website highlighting water systems under “Water Use Restriction” shows widespread restrictions, including many mandatory restrictions.

“The lack of significant rainfall and scorching temperatures has put more pressure on existing water supplies, forcing cities and other water suppliers to implement water use restrictions that will impact residents and businesses,” says the article.

For residents, the impact can entail lost investments in landscaping and gardening. Businesses also face lost revenue when water restrictions are in place.

With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that water conservation is flowing onto the ballot in Texas this November. Proposition 6 is: “A measure that will create a water-infrastructure bank to help finance water projects outlined in the state water plan.”

While Proposition 6 may impact long-term water conservation plans, it can’t pull Texas out from the current drought crisis. That’s why the Texas Water Smart Coalition is making efforts to spread the word about water restriction and how businesses and individuals can help with water conservation.

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Checking sprinklers for leaks and adjusting them so that only the lawn is watered conserves water. From Shaylor.

To that end, the Texas Water Smart Coalition offers several conservation tips:

  • Water your yard only in the morning or evening.

  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered.

  • Check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

  • Use a thick layer of mulch in your planting beds.

  • Use watering cans for your patio plants.

  • Water your plants deeply, but less frequently.

  • Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses for shrubs and trees.

Of course, shorter showers and general water awareness will make an impact as well.

Texas isn’t the only state facing drought conditions and water conservation measures this year. The National Weather Service reports drought conditions covering the entire southwestern United States, expanding east as far as Texas and Nebraska and as far north as Idaho and Wyoming.

Even if you don’t live in a state with acute water conservation measures in place, you can still do your part by thinking green every day.

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