WHY CONSERVE WATER?
Population growth, a changing climate and recurring drought are straining Central Texas’ limited water resources. Conserving water is the cheapest and best way to meet future water needs. Water utilities, public officials, the business community and the general public all need to act now to conserve water for the future.
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The Texas Legislature has passed SB 198, a landmark bill called for by Clean Water Action. The bill would remove the ability of homeowner associations in Texas to ban drought-resistant landscaping, or xeriscaping. Many or most of Texas' HOAs – estimated to number around 25,000 -- have rules in place that ban xeriscaping in portions of a homeowner's yard that are visible from the street.
Many, if not most, HOAs require front and side yards within their neighborhoods to be covered with turf grass that needs frequent watering. Read more about HOA landscaping policies and water conservation here.
Is this ‘drought’ or is it…Texas? This is the question that imposes itself, as the drought wears on and as experts warn us to brace for a warmer climate. Drought has become our new norm, and water levels in reservoirs across the state continue to drop. We all need to do our part to create a ‘culture of water conservation’ that will help assure an adequate supply for our children and our state’s ecosystems.
We’re Back! The 83rd session of the Texas Legislature is underway, and until the end of May lawmakers will be focused on a host of major issues including education, transportation, and water supply. Clean Water Action is once again joining citizens’ organizations from across the state in the Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT). The groups set common priorities and coordinate efforts through ACT, releasing position papers on six areas: Water, Air, Energy, Land, Waste, and Civic Participation. ACT is also organizing a Lobby Day for March 22.
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New Report and Legislature Focus on HOA Landscaping Rules
According to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), municipal demand is the fastest growing sector among all water use categories in the state, projected to increase from 27% of total demand in 2010 to over 38% of total demand by 2060. The TWDB projects that water providers will need nearly $27 billion in state financial assistance to meet this demand — about half of the $53 billion the TWDB says is needed to meet state needs by 2060.