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.
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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.
We are working in local communities and at the state level on behalf of sustainable water policies that protect drinking water at its source, preserve wetlands and aquifer recharge Azones, and conserve water for the future. We are working to persuade policy makers to prioritize conservation above expensive new reservoirs and treatment plants—a policy that would also save the energy needed to treat and distribute this water.
With the threat of global warming and fossil fuel prices rising, nuclear power is being hailed once again as a solution to future energy needs. In September 2007, NRG Energy filed for a construction and operation license for two new nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project near Bay City, and since then four additional nuclear plants have been proposed.